Lady rescued from heater fire - Doonside

Published: 06 Sep 2020 06:41pm

Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Blacktown and Schofields Fire Stations have responded to Knox Road, Doonside after reports of a house fire.

Crews arrived just before 6:50pm and were informed people may still be inside.

Fire fighters gained entry to a smoke filled house and rescued one elderly female.

After the fire was extinguished, crews cleared the smoke from the house and rendered safe.

It was confirmed the fire was caused by a heater.

NSW Ambulance treated two people for smoke inhalation.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said it was important for residents to always check their heaters before use.

He said "check all cords for fraying and damage and if you suspect a fault have the item checked by a qualified repairer or replaced"

"stay out of harm this winter by ensuring everything is kept at least one meter from the heater".

• Keep everything one metre away from your heater.
• Install and use as per manufacturer’s instructions.
• If you suspect a fault, have the heater serviced or replaced.
• Always supervise young children in rooms with open fires or working heaters.
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Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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