Former New Zealand fly-half Andrew Mehrtens had a lucky escape on Thurdsay after he and his family survived a fire in their Sydney home.
Mehrtens, who had just moved to the Australian city, was out with his wife Jacqui enjoying a meal when he received a call from his babysitter.
"It was our first time since we've been here to head out and about and leave the kids with the babysitter, and unfortunately we got a pretty frantic call soon after we left saying there's smoke coming out," he told ONE News Australia.
Mehrtens promptly rushed home to attempt to put out the blaze before the fire service arrived.
"I was busy trying to chuck water around upstairs and you feel like in that situation you can man up and do something but at the end of the day you just got to get out of the way and let the professionals do their job," he added.
It has also been reported that former Wallaby scrum-half George Gregan, who was dining in the area, raced to Mehrtens' house to help his former rival.
"They were almost here before the fire service, so they were an awesome help," added the fly-half, who saw the funny side of the incident.
"I did say to someone it's an expensive and excessive way to get a photo of your kids with firemen isn't it."