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Saturday 25 January 2020

Fire hero's 'agony' after saving 
disabled woman

Ollie and Eva Berrill
Ollie and Eva Berrill
Colin Carter
The scene of the House Fire in Drogheda

Allison Bray

A MAN who rescued an elderly disabled woman from her burning home following an arson attack said he is more concerned about her recovery than his own painful injuries.

Colin Carter (34) has been hailed a hero by Drogheda's mayor and residents after running into a smoke-filled terrace house on Chord Road in the town to save a disabled pensioner.

Eva Berrill (70), who is confined to a wheelchair, was sleeping alone early on Saturday morning when her house was set on fire.

Mr Carter was coming out of a pub across the road and risked his own life to enter the building, suffering serious burns to his neck and back in the process.

"I'm suffering. I'm in a lot of agony," he told the Irish Independent. Yet despite his own injuries, Mr Carter said his first thoughts are for Eva, whose husband Ollie has been keeping a vigil at her bedside in St James's Hospital.

It's understood the frail mother-of-two, who suffered a stroke several years ago, is in an induced coma to repair the damage to her lungs due to smoke inhalation. She also suffered serious burns in what gardai are investigating as an arson attack.

It is believed a petrol bomb was thrown through the front window of the house while Mrs Berrill was sleeping and her husband was out.

Mr Carter said he was in too much pain to talk about the ordeal, despite the locals calling him a hero.

"I appreciate that everyone is saying that, but at the end of the day I just hope the lady pulls through," he said.

Local sources said it appears the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

Three men, two in their 30s and one in his 40s, have been questioned by gardai and released without charge. A 26-year-old woman, who was arrested yesterday, was still in custody last night.

Irish Independent

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