Heater suspected of starting unit fire - VIDEO - Punchbowl

Published: 14 Jul 2022 01:33pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) investigators suspect a heater, possibly left too close to furniture and drying clothes, is responsible for a major unit fire this morning at Punchbowl, in Sydney's south-west.

A woman living inside the unit leapt off the second-level balcony, injuring her legs, as flames engulfed the loungeroom, just before 8am.

Six fire trucks rushed to the blaze on Victoria Road.

The resident was also treated for burns at the scene and transported to hospital for treatment.

Firefighters also rescued two dogs, suffering smoke inhalation.

Crews carried the dogs to the street outside where they worked on them, using oxygen tanks from their fire truck.

The pets have been taken to a local veterinarian for further treatment.

Neighbours, living on the level above, were alerted by smoke alarms in their unit and made it to safety.

FRNSW has attended more than 400 residential fires already this winter.

Please ensure you have an escape plan in the event of a fire in your home.

Make sure your home is fitted with working smoke alarms and it's crucial that you always keep material a metre from the heater.

This winter, keep you and your loved ones safe by using our Get Ready for Winter checklist - https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/winter. [external link]

To book a Safety Visit by FRNSW, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/visits, or alternatively contact your local fire station.

Firefighters can check your smoke alarms and replace them if necessary.

Media Note - footage of the incident, including firefighters medically treating the dogs, is available here: https://vimeo.com/729829359/89a0c186bb [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.

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