Saturday September 21 2013

– A man and a woman who perished in a house fire in Deer Park yesterday morning helped two others escape.

Firefighters discovered the bodies of Steve White, 44, and a woman police believe to be his partner in a bedroom of the gutted Deer Street home.

Acting Senior Sergeant Lionel Joseph, of the arson squad, said police were baffled why the pair didn’t escape.

“What we have been told from the witnesses is that the deceased actually alerted two other occupants about the fire and assisted the two other occupants in getting out of the premises,” he said.

“We can’t piece together how the deceased didn’t get out of the premises.” Emergency services were called to the burning unit about 12:45am to find the survivors – two seriously injured men in their 30s – outside the premises.

Police believe all four lived in the public housing unit.

Senior Sergeant Joseph said the dead occupants were known to police.

The house had been the scene of a siege in December 2011.

He said there were no reports of suspicious activity but all avenues were being looked at to determine the cause of the deadly blaze. Next-door neighbour Ruth said she and her husband were awoken by screams in the street.

She and another neighbour tried to douse the front and the back of the house using garden hoses before the firefighters arrived.

“We had to do something,” said Ruth, who didn’t give her last name.

She said the flames spread to her own property, but the house remained unscathed.

“We were lucky. All the back fence was burnt, as well as the pergola, but at least we saved the house.”

Jack Lynch, who lives in a rear unit with his mother at the same address as the fire, drove through the flames to escape the inferno.

“I was asleep and I heard one of the people in house yelling ‘fire, fire, fire’,” he said. “Mum was awake and she said she heard a loud bang. She said it sounded like thunder. We grabbed all our stuff and the cars and got out of there.”

– Angus Thompson


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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