AYRSHIRE BULLS and Scotland prop Gordie Reid turned superhero on Sunday morning, but got no thanks for his bravery because the man he rescued from a house fire ‘legged it like Usain Bolt’.
Reid spotted his neighbour’s door ablaze as he was checking the source of the smell of burning plastic which he thought was coming from his own tumble drier. “Flames were going up his house,” the 32-year-old told BBC Scotland. “I thought, ‘let’s go for it’ and grabbed a bucket of water and tried to put it out and banged on the window.
“I got no reply, so I went through the door shouting, ‘is anybody there?’ The first room I went into, I saw him and I grabbed him and took him outside.”
Reid then went back into the building to check if there was anyone else in danger, and at that point the man he had saved ran off.
“If I didn’t go back and kids were in there, I couldn’t live with that,” said the 32-year-old, who was already something of a social media sensation in Scottish rugby circles due to a series of comical posts during the recent World Cup, including one where he teaches the team’s Japanese liaison officer some fairly colourful Scottish vernacular, another where he conducts an impromptu inspection of tour captain Stuart McInally’s room, and one when he lip-syncs a Whitney Houston song in tribute to Irn-Bru.
Reid, who posted a video on social media of himself with an oxygen mask on after the fire service arrived, still doesn’t know the identity of the man he saved.
“We’re just new to the area,” he explained. “We don’t know many of our neighbours. Nobody knows who stays in that bungalow, because we asked a few neighbours.
Just a normal day, wake up have breakfast, safe a guys life by pulling him out of his house, which was on fire, then the prick ran off. Didn't even say thanks. Now am stuck here sucking on air. Thanks for the back up @fire_scot @AyrshireSPolice pic.twitter.com/EUddvTwueb
— Gordon Reid (@GGreid87) November 24, 2019
“I was pretty gutted he just ran off. I had to go back in there and he didn’t even help me, but I’m just glad he’s safe hopefully and he didn’t breath in too much smoke.”
Reid returned to the house a third time before the fire services arrived. “You are risking your life a bit, but you don’t think anything dangerous is going to happen to yourself,” he said. “You act on the moment as you don’t want anyone to die.
“I like to think anyone would have done the same in my shoes. I’ve probably put myself in more danger on the rugby field.
“You couldn’t see your hand in front of you, the smoke was so thick. I was just relieved it was not my tumble drier and I wouldn’t have my wife shouting at me and having to fork out £300.”
According to The Sun newspaper, police have confirmed they believe the outbreak was started deliberately and have launched a hunt for the perpetrator.