MICHAEL Kane would never hurt a fly, but life just kept dealing him blow after blow, his family said yesterday.The latest came when fire roared through Albert and Daniel streets on Saturday, leaving Mr Kane’s home in ruins and taking the 48-year-old’s life.Mr Kane, who walked with a stick and brace on his leg, was trying to flee the inferno but could not make it out on time.His wife Carol, and sister Jill and boyfriend Michael Ryan tried desperately to get him to safety.“He was out of the house,’’ Mr Kane’s brother John Kane said yesterday.“He fell . . . my sister’s boyfriend tried to lift him but the trees were on fire and exploding and they had to get out.“Her boyfriend did everything he could but he had to get out, too.’’John arrived on the scene soon after and saw the charred remains where his brother lay, but left because it was too dangerous.”It’s a shocking feeling . . . a terrible feeling,’’ he said, of driving away from his brother’s body.“It kicks in and then it goes away, and then it kicks in again.’’Mr Kane said his brother, who was one of eight children, had endured a tough life.He had a brain aneurism many years ago and was featured in the Australian Medical Journal for his remarkable recovery.Mr Kane and his wife, Carol, had been on the IVF program hoping to start a family before he suffered another aneurism.“Mick had copped it from day one,’’ Mr Kane said.“He was a fantastic guy.“In the past 12 months he was starting to get some mobility back and had just managed to buy himself a four-wheel scooter, but he never got to use it.’’Mr Kane said he sympathised with others who had lost loved ones in the blackest weekend the state has ever seen.