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When good neighbours become good friends: Jason Donovan extinguishes blaze at £21.5m mansion at 4am in his underpants

When good neighbours become good friends: Jason Donovan extinguishes blaze at £21.5m mansion at 4am in his underpants

Real life good neighbour Jason Donovan has played down his heroics despite racing to put out a fire in just in his underpants.

Grateful residents told how the actor and singer, who rose to fame in Aussie soap Neighbours, ran to the rescue “like a superhero” in only his underwear while wielding two fire extinguishers.

Jason, 51, hosed down the blaze threatening to engulf a neighbour’s home in Notting Hill before firefighters arrived at the scene.

The owners of the £21.5 million west London mansion said Jason’s heroic act was “the perfect example of when good neighbours become good friends.”

But Jason played down his act of heroism, sating the only heroes are the emergency services.

He gave a thumbs up as he left his own multi-million pound west London home on Wednesday afternoon.

But he played down his act of bravery when he raced to the rescue armed with two fire extinguishers.

Jason said: “There are no heroes apart from the emergency services and the fact that everybody was safe.”

The Australian actor was leaving his five storey terraced home which sits on an affluent street in Notting Hill, just yards from the famous Portobello Road.

The five-storey period property is decorated with a pastel green front door, with three motorcycles in the patio front garden.

The fire broke out opposite Jason’s home in an impressive £21.5m gated mansion.

The property appears to have been extended and had a shiny black Mercedes 4×4 on the drive.

The owners, in their mid forties, who live opposite Jason’s £5.5m home, were woken by neighbours banging on the door and ringing the doorbell when the fire broke out at the side of their home on September 22.

They were standing outside their house with their two children aged ten and 12 when Jason came running across the road bare foot, armed with two fire extinguishers and single-handedly hosed down the blaze.

The family, who did not want to be named, said Jason spotted the fire from the window of his five storey house just after 4am and hailed him as the “best neighbour in the history of the world.”

The man said: “This is the perfect example of when good neighbours become good friends. It was awesome.

“It’s brilliant, fantastic. He is the best neighbour in the history of the world.

“He literally saw the fire from that window at 4.30 in the morning and ran out that door.

“He came across the road and literally put the fire out bare foot.”

The man was seen leaving his home in a suit with his partner this morning, who wore sunglasses and a maxi dress.

She said: “We had a fire and we were woken up by our neighbours banging on the door and ringing the doorbell.

“I was standing outside with my kids and Jason Donavon came running like a superhero.

“He came bare foot just running across the street.

“Then he came and he hosed down the fire.

“He called the fire department for us.

“He gave me a hug and made sure I was okay and left.

“I think he is heroic.”

Her partner added: Jason Donavon ran across the road in his shorts looking fit with two fire extinguishers.

“He put the fire out before the fire department arrived.”

“The neighburs has just woken us but he called the fire department.

“It wasn’t in the house, it was adjacent to the house.”

London Fire Brigade watch manager Thomas Wolfe said: “The fire was located in the side passage next to a house and when we arrived a gentleman was tackling the fire using a fire extinguisher.

“We took over from him and quickly dealt with the blaze.

“It soon transpired that it was Jason Donovan who noticed the fire from his property over the road.

“The fire is believed to have been caused by a fault in electrical cabling.”

Regarding Jason’s dramatic intervention, Mr Wolfe said: “He looks good for his age.

“As one of the firefighters said to the resident: ‘everyone needs good neighbours.'”

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