I would like to give my condolences to the Kayani family.
I know how their family must be feeling, as 22 years ago a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning.
There were five of us in our own house – my two brothers, myself, our mother and dad who had worked hard to buy our house.
Mum woke first and raised the alarm.
You don’t realise how choking the smoke was.
I got a breath full and instinct told me I wouldn’t take another.
I don’t know how but I got my mum and younger brother out, but my dad and brother got trapped upstairs as the fire got worse.
My brother managed to get out of a window but was badly injured.
Firefighters found my dad collapsed after they fought their way in.
We thought he was dead but they revived him with oxygen.
He underwent several operations and my brother had to have skin grafts.
I remember suffering flashbacks for months and I also felt very guilty for not being able to get my dad and my brother out.
What they went through while they were trapped gave me anxiety and I couldn’t sleep but I didn’t think to get any treatment for what was happening .
Thank God for the emergency services.
My dad wouldn’t have made it without them, that’s for sure.
They never found what caused the fire but the inspector thought it was an electrical fault.
We thanked them and when my dad recovered thanked them in person and bought them a drink.
I am well recovered mentally now but when I heard what happened to the Kayani it jogged my memory.
I hope that the Kayani family eventually recover.