Two boys saved from a house fire in Perth’s southeast were heard screaming for their mother in the moments before her death, their rescuer has revealed.
Emergency services were called to the Roleystone address about 2am Tuesday when neighbour Dirk Matthiesen was alerted to the smoke pluming from the home on Tyers Rd.
Matthiesen heard the two boys, aged seven and nine, banging on the fly screen door inside as they screamed for help.
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“It was obviously deadlocked, they couldn’t get through it,” he told 7NEWS.
Spotting a chair nearby, Matthiesen smashed a window and pulled the boys to safety.
He looked inside for anyone else trapped but the smoke was “too much”.
“They were yelling, ‘Mum, mum, mum’, so they obviously knew that mum was still in there,” Matthiesen said.
“I kept saying, ‘Anybody else in there? Where is she?’ and they kept pointing to a certain part of the house, which was the opposite side to where I got them out, so I couldn’t get there.”
Another neighbour came out to help and the pair tried desperately to find the boys’ mother.
“We just went around, smashed other windows as far as we could and yelled through the window but we couldn’t hear anything,” he said.
Later on Tuesday, police confirmed the woman’s body had been found inside the home.
“What if, what if we knew where she was, could we have done something — all that stuff goes through your head,” Matthiesen said.
The boys are now with their father, who was not home at the time of the blaze.
Arson Squad detectives spent the day scouring the home.
Police said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
– With Lucy Murray