Pictured: Boy, four, who died in a horror house fire despite heroic efforts from a neighbor who suffered shocking burns after trying to save his life
- Child died on Sunday after house fire in Dandenong in Melbourne’s southeast
- Three adults and two children fled the terrifying fire and escaped injuries
- A neighbor tried to save the child, but suffered serious burns from the fire
A four-year-old boy who tragically died in a house fire is remembered as a ‘nice and cheeky’ child who loves animals.
Rithish Kirushnaneethan died around 1 p.m. Saturday in the fire in Dandenong, south-east Melbourne.
His mother and other relatives desperately tried to save the boy, but he died on the spot.
The little boy’s distraught father sobbed as he recalled the moment his wife called him to tell him about the fire that destroyed his family’s home.
Four-year-old Rithish Kirushnaneethan (pictured) tragically died in a house fire on Saturday despite heroic efforts to save his life
“My wife called me… (I came home and there was) fire, everything (was) gone,” he told The Herald Sun.
Rithish’s cousin, Cham Saminthadarshan, said his death was “very hard” for the family.
“(Rithish) is very playful, very friendly and he likes pets, he also slept with his pet last night,” said Ms. Saminthadarshan.
She also said that Rithish’s mother is “very upset” and that it is “very difficult for everyone at the moment.”
The man in his thirties who tried to save the boy was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with serious burns.
A 29-year-old woman was also taken to Dandenong Hospital in stable condition and treated for smoke inhalation
The family had just moved into Leonard St’s house two weeks ago.
Three adults and two children fled the fire and escaped uninjured.
A child has died after being trapped in a house fire, while a neighbor who tried to save their life was taken to hospital with severe burns
The house went up in flames on Sunday at 10 p.m. on Leonard Street in Dandenong, south-east Melbourne (pictured).
Police have set up a crime scene and are investigating the cause of the fire.
They do not consider the fire to be suspicious and believe that the fire may have been caused by a gas stove in the living room of the home.
A woman has also died in a separate blaze after a blaze swept through a property at Badge Court in Melbourne’s south west Melbourne just after midnight.
Two other residents managed to escape the fire, while the woman was found dead in the ‘heavily damaged’ home.
Police have set up a crime scene and are investigating the cause of the fire (stock image)