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Man dies fighting fire with fire

A local man has died after attempting to fight fire with fire.

Fifty-eight-year-old Baz Le Sauvage was seen attempting to fight a house fire with a flamethrower last night.

He was killed as he stepped back in to the road and was hit by the first of the arriving fire engines.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said bystander Linda Rihoy.

“We were all shouting at him that fighting fire with fire is just an expression, but it was working as if by some miracle.

“It took him maybe 5 minutes to push back the fire with the flamethrower, it was quite incredible.

“He was just unlucky really, as he stepped back to admire his handiwork the fire engines turned up and he got squashed flat.”

A photo from the scene shows the house with a lot of fire on it

Jim De Carteret was the firefighter at the wheel.

He says he thought he was helping.

“Have you ever seen someone put a fire out with a flamethrower?” Said Mr De Carteret.

“I thought he was the reason it was on fire so I was trying to put a stop to it.

“I didn’t realise he was the one who had actually put the fire out – a real visionary.”

Police say no criminal action will be taken against the firefighter because his intentions were initially good, however he has been banned from driving for six weeks.

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