Uvongo man makes headlines ‘Down Under’

2015-11-11 06:00
Tony Berry of Uvongo doing a radio interview in Australia after his heroic actions. Photo: supplied

Tony Berry of Uvongo doing a radio interview in Australia after his heroic actions. Photo: supplied

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AN 80-year-old Uvongo man became an instant hero in Australia last week after saving a home from burning down with a dog inside.

Tony Berry, who was visiting his daughter in the town of Woombye, was a passenger in a car driven by her when he noticed smoke coming from the veranda of a house.

His daughter, Charmaine Grobler­, said she initially thought it was braai smoke, but his father said it looked like the house was on fire. They made a u-turn to investigate what was going on.

“We found that the house was indeed on fire and there was smoke everywhere­,” said Grobler.

They entered the house and while Grobler called the emergency services, Berry tried to put out the flames using a bucket.

By the time emergency services arrived, a few more people were at the scene helping to douse the flames. A Maltese poodle was also rescued from the house.

Berry has been interviewed on local­ radio and television stations and even made the front page on a local­ newspaper.

“I’m so proud of him,” said Grobler­.

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