Blacktown house fire: Ray Barroga died trying to save his mother

Hero father dies after running back inside his burning home to rescue his elderly mother after it burst into flames

  • Ray Barrago was killed in a ferocious blaze in Western Sydney on Monday  
  • The fire broke out at his Blacktown home where his mother also lived  
  • Neighbours said he made it out but went back into burning building to save her 
  • His mother Kora is being treated for smoke inhalation at Westmead Hospital  

A father-of-two described as the ‘epitome of kindness’ has died in a house fire after he heroically ran back inside to save his elderly mother. 

Ray Barrago, in his 60s, escaped the fire at his home in Blacktown, western Sydney but returned to the blaze to get his mother Kora, aged in her 80s, after the house caught alight at about 5am on Monday.

Emergency crews arrived shortly after the single storey house was engulfed in flames and found Mr Barrago and his mother were still inside.

Firefighters pulled the pair from the house but tragically Mr Barrago died at the scene. 

His mother was rushed to Westmead Hospital in critical condition, and has been given the devastating news.

Ray Barrago, in his 60s, escaped the fire at his home in Blacktown, western Sydney but returned to the blaze to get his mother Kora, aged in her 80s, after the house caught alight at about 5am on Monday

Ray Barrago, in his 60s, escaped the fire at his home in Blacktown, western Sydney but returned to the blaze to get his mother Kora, aged in her 80s, after the house caught alight at about 5am on Monday 

Neighbours reported seeing 'towering flames' after the fire erupted on Monday (pictured)

Neighbours reported seeing ‘towering flames’ after the fire erupted on Monday (pictured) 

Mr Barrago was reportedly looking after his sick mother while his partner was overseas looking after another member of her family. 

Residents in the street were woken up by the blaze and saw ‘towering flames’ through the roof of the house.

They desperately tried to extinguish the blaze with hoses and fire extinguishers before emergency crews arrived.

The blaze was so ferocious it took firefighters two hours to extinguish.

Police and firefighters spent much of Tuesday examining the Blacktown home trying to determine the cause of the fatal blaze (pictured)

Police and firefighters spent much of Tuesday examining the Blacktown home trying to determine the cause of the fatal blaze (pictured) 

The blaze gutted one room while the rest of the house has smoke and water damage. 

Neighbours said that Mr Barrago had made it outside but then turned around and went back in when he realised his mother was still inside, Nine News reported.

He has been remembered by ‘devastated’ loved ones as ‘humble’ and the ‘epitome of kindness’.

Mr Barrago (pictured) was described as 'kind and humble' by his loved ones

Mr Barrago (pictured) was described as ‘kind and humble’ by his loved ones

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Michael Morris said the scene was ‘very confronting conditions for all of the emergency services and the neighbours’.

His colleague Luke Unsworth told 2GB there could have been a third person also pulled from the fire.

‘One person was potentially a neighbour. They had entered the property in an attempt to rescue some other people. We are still trying to piece things together,’ he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Police are both investigating the cause of the blaze and anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

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