Firefighters rescue three teens from unit blaze - VIDEO - Lidcombe

Published: 26 Jun 2022 01:32pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters have forced open a bedroom door and rescued three teenagers, trapped in an apartment fire at Lidcombe in Sydney overnight.

Six fire trucks rushed to the John Street address when the fire broke out just after 1am today.

One crew extinguished the small blaze in the downstairs business as two others entered the smoke-filled residence upstairs.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using torches to find their way, the firefighters went from room to room, looking for occupants.

When Firefighter, Cem Dincer (pron. 'Gem') encountered a locked bedroom, he forced the door and found two teenage girls and a boy, huddled by a bed.

Firefighter Dincer alerted other firefighters, as he guided the residents to a rescue ladder placed against an open window.

The teens were then assessed and treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The rescue was captured by the firefighter's helmet camera.

The teens, who had followed fire safety advice they received from a FRNSW visit to their school, were not seriously hurt.

Fire crews cleared the building, extracted the smoke and identified an e-bike, charging in a downstairs kitchen, as the source of the fire.

(Media note: the FRNSW 'helmet cam' footage of the rescue operation can be obtained via this link: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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