Unit Fire - Charleston
Published: 09 Nov 2021 12:53am
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) saved three homes from destruction following a large fire in a subdivided property at Charlestown in Newcastle overnight.
More than 20 Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze which had fully engulfed one unit in flames and was endangering three neighbouring apartments when crews arrived at Wakal Street just before 1:00 AM.
Firefighters also provided medical assistance to two males suffering burns with one requiring transport to hospital by NSW Ambulance.
NSW Police were also in attendance and investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) when you are involved in or see a crash can be the difference between life and death.
The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.
Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said a large amount of electrical energy is discharged when lightning strikes a house, tree or car.
Community members are urged to keep up to date with local weather events that may impact their area.
"During a storm, stay indoors where possible to protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets. However, in the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).”
Updated: 25 Oct 2022 01:26pm
Related safety topics
It“s the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.
If you do your bit to minimise the risks in your home, we can all stay safer together.
Having a home escape plan and a working smoke alarm increases your chances of getting out safely.
The best way to keep you and your family safe is to prevent fires from occurring and know what to do in case of a fire.
Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.
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