A HERO who risked his life to save children from the Pat Sin Leng blaze appears to have burned himself to death after being traumatised by memories of the hillfire. The naked body of 38-year-old Tam Ka-fat, with 60 per cent burns, was discovered by an early-morning walker in Hatton Road near The Peak. Police found two empty bottles of kerosene and a third half-full bottle nearby, along with Tam's shoes, shirt and partly burned trousers. The body was found on Friday and identified by Tam's mother yesterday. Tam's death comes just weeks after he told an inquest how he had carried a teenager from the path of the fire after beating back flames with a branch. Three children and two teachers from a school hiking trip were killed in the inferno that raged across the hillside on February 11. After the fire, Tam returned to the scene with a video crew for a reconstruction of the fateful day. He told the Coroner's Court he had heard children yelling above him as he hiked up the steep slope. He spotted four girls at the bottom of a rocky outcrop screaming: 'Help us. We don't want to die.' When Tam found Rita Yu Hui-wan lying on the ground her face was so badly burned, half the skin had peeled away. He picked up the schoolgirl and carried her on his back to safety. Rita, 13, died in hospital, but at the inquest her tearful father thanked Tam personally for his bravery. Police said Tam had become depressed after the disaster. 'His family said he had been depressed before the Pat Sin fire because he was upset about his unemployment. But the fire had a bad impact on him, which contributed to his depression. He had sought counselling after the fire,' a police spokesman said. 'There are no suspicious circumstances. It is believed to be suicide.' A postmortem examination will be held tomorrow.