Tears flow as fire hero returns home

Hero Duncan Macbeth returns
Hero Duncan Macbeth returns

HERO Duncan Macbeth has made an emotional return to home soil after dramatically saving the lives of three friends in France last week.

The 33-year-old risked his own life when he saved his friends from a huge blaze which ripped through the ski resort they were staying in.

Duncan was hospitalised in France for several days with a number of injuries sustained during his heroics.

And he was reduced to tears when finally reunited with his daughter Rose on Monday.

Duncan said: “To see my little girl was just amazing and if I am honest it was very emotional.

“When she first came I had my wounds uncovered and so she wasn’t allowed in but she could see me from the window and it was so disheartening to see her balling her eyes out.

“I had my burns dressed and then I could see her and that is the thing that I wanted the most while I was away.”

The family was reunited at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Monday and Duncan has since been allowed to go home.

The tree surgeon had originally spent a week at the Mottaret Hospital in France and was not allowed to take his flight home.

Instead a medic drove him home from the Courchevel resort and took him to Stoke Mandeville’s burns unit.

It is expected that he will fully recover from his injuries, although they are still causing him some pain at the moment.

He said: “My injuries are healing up well and most of them are looking pretty good but I’ve got a couple of nasty burns which still need to heal.”

More than 400 holidaymakers were evacuated in the blaze, which started in Duncan’s fourth floor apartment. He stranded himself on a balcony by saving his friends.