Fire at Macquarie Fields townhouse

Published: 19th January 2006

Just after 3.30am on Wednesday 18 January fire crews from Macquarie Fields and Ingleburn were called to a townhouse alight in Macquarie Fields.

The crews found smoke and flame issuing from the first floor of a two-level, three bedroom townhouse and there were reports that people were trapped inside. An additional crew from St Andrews was sent to assist.

Firefighters wearing air cylinders quickly gained access to the upper level and and prevented the fire spreading into the roof. The bedroom was severely damaged, but the rest of the top floor had only heat and smoke damage.

The occupants of the town house were sleeping downstairs when the fire started and were fortunately woken by their smoke alarm.

Firefighters searched all the upstairs rooms and everyone was accounted for except for the family dog.

After rescuing the smoke affected puppy, firefighters administered oxygen therapy and it was last seen licking face of a brave firefighter. There were no other injuries.

The NSW Fire Brigades’ Fire Investigation and Research Unit is currently working in cooperation with Police to determine the fire’s cause.