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Elderly man dies in horror house fire before his wife is rescued

A devastated grandmother has been left widowed after her husband died in a horror house fire.

Ricky, 72, and Josie Reid, 71, were trapped inside their home in Acacia Ridge, Queensland, when a fire broke out  at 10pm on Thursday.

Their neighbour Mick Schmidt suffered minor burns after racing into the couple's burning Acacia Ridge home on Thursday night.

Ricky, 72, and Josie Reid, 71, were trapped inside their home in Acacia Ridge, Queensland, when a fire broke out at 10pm on Thursday

He managed to help Josie to safety, but he could not reach her husband Ricky who was trapped in a burning bedroom.

Mr Schmidt, who fed his garden hose through a window to fight the flames, says he's no hero and he wishes he could have done more.

'Things were exploding inside,' he told the ABC.

'If I would have got Ricky out, then I'd say yes to being a hero.

'But other than that I just done what any normal Australian person would do for their fellow man.'

Other neighbours also fought to save the couple from the fire which broke out about 10pm on Thursday. 

Dean Hollis said people in the street were running around frantically, and twice thought they put out the fire but it kept reigniting.

Mrs Reid was treated in hospital for respiratory issues. Mr Schmidt suffered minor burns.

Police have established a crime scene as experts work to determine the cause of the fire.

Neighbours said the couple had lived in the home for about 15 years and were well known in the community.   

Neighbours fought to save the home and twice thought they put out the fire but it kept reigniting

Mr Hollis was familiar with the couple who he said shared a son together. 

'They've been there for about 15 years, I feel sorry for their son.' 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services inspector Timothy Clark confirmed fire crews had found the body of a man inside the home. 

Police have encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.   

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