Smoke Alarm Saves Family of Three - Port Macquarie

Published: 12 Sep 2021 03:42am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has extinguished a house fire on The Cottage Way in Port Macquarie in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters from Port Macquarie and Wauchope fire stations arrived to find the top level of a two-storey house completely engulfed in fire.

It took approximately 20 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

The family was alerted to the fire thanks to a working smoke alarm, allowing them to escape the fire uninjured.

Voice grab from the incident by FRNSW Superintendant Adam Dewberry: [external link]

Please use the link below to access more photos and vision from Inspector Gaven Muller, Duty Commander, Metro-North 1.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, it is the law.

The risk of a fatality in the home is halved if there is a working smoke alarm. Yet, 50 percent of residential home fires attended by FRNSW do not have a working smoke alarm.

“A fire can take hold in just three minutes, so it is vital to have working smoke alarms in your home and to test them regularly”, he said.

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Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Stations nearby


5 Central Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

WAUCHOPE Fire Station

22 Young Street, Wauchope NSW 2446

LAURIETON Fire Station

33 Castle Street, Laurieton NSW 2443