A Tauranga man woke to a
woman's screams to find his friend face-down on the kitchen
floor with a hot oven on top of her.
The man, who did not want to be identified, managed to lift
the oven off the 55-year-old woman and carry her to the
bathroom of her Botanical Rd home, where he soaked her wounds
and covered them with wet towels.
"All I heard was crash, bang and screaming for help," said
the man, who was asleep in the bedroom at the time.
The woman had been cooking a chicken late on Tuesday night
when she appeared to have slipped and tried to catch herself,
only to pull the oven and cutlery drawer down on top of her.
"She was completely trapped. It was an absolute nightmare.
The whole thing could have ignited," he said.
"It was the most frightening thing I've seen in my whole
life. It was shocking."
The woman initially refused to go to hospital but decided to
call an ambulance about 2am on Wednesday. She was taken to
hospital with a deep burn to her right thigh.
The man, who had been staying for the week, said it was lucky
he was there or the situation could have been much worse.
"She was buried underneath the oven. The whole kitchen was an
absolute disaster. Words can't describe it," he said. "It was
potentially lethal. The whole house could have gone up."
A Tauranga Hospital spokeswoman said the woman was in a
stable condition yesterday.
- By Amy McGillivray of
the Bay of Plenty Times