The man was “lucky to stay alive” after trying to put out a fire at his auto shop in Malaga.
Firefighters were called to the fire at TA Auto Electrical & Air Conditioning on Marshall Road, near Belenfin Drive, just after Saturday afternoon.
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The store owner, who was the only person in the building at the time, was taken to St. John’s Ambulance Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
Employees of a nearby store said the owner was “lucky to stay alive” after trying to put out the fire with a hose.
“But … we heard a big bang,” said one employee.
“Thank God he’s fine … we thought he was going to be coal.”
The host’s sister told The West Australian that the fire was an accident and her brother was fine.
“I got a call – it was very scary, but they said he was not hurt,” she said.
Firefighters put out the blaze within half an hour.
Investigators are finding out the causes of the fire.