Hero dad runs into burning house to save teen daughter and pet Chihuahua

A hero dad ran into a burning house to rescue his teenaged daughter and pet Chihuahua.

Brave Nick Murphy, 55, fought his way through the flames to save 15-year-old Isabel and the family pet Rolo, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Their house in Manchester was destroyed in the fire but mum Lorraine is relieved no one was hurt.

She said: "We lost our house, but because of him (Nick) we still have our daughter.

"He grabbed Isabel and took her downstairs with the dog. He's a hero, I can't believe how brave he was. When we got back to the house the smoke was so thick we couldn't see our hands in front of our faces.

"I was running around like a headless chicken but Nick just his paternal instincts take over. He put a coat over his face and ran up the stairs even though he couldn't see his feet."

The blaze on Monday gutted and destroyed the family's house.

A GoFundMe page set up by son George has so far raised more than £4,000 to help them get back on their feet.

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Lorraine and Nick say they have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community.

They are staying in a rented property while the damage to their house is repaired, which could take months.

Nick said: "We're still in shock really.

"We can't get over how kind people have been with us. People have really rallied round and I don't know how to thank them all.

"We've had offers through for all sorts of things and it really has meant the world to us."

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but firefighters believe it may have been started by embers left in a bag after the wood burner had been cleared out.

To donate to the GoFundMe page, visit here.

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