Three people killed in house fire - Hinchinbrook

Published: 24 Jul 2022 01:48pm

Three people, including a child, have died and three others have been seriously injured in a house fire in Sydney’s south-west this morning.

Shortly after 5:30am, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) responded to a property well-alight at the intersection of Rottnest Avenue and Nicol Place in Hinchinbrook.

Upon arrival, firefighters immediately began attacking the flames.

FRNSW crews used ladders to access the upper level of the two-storey home, forcing entry in extreme fire conditions and pulling a number of people to safety.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated all six occupants at the scene. Two women – believed to be aged in their 40s and 60s – were pronounced dead at the scene.

Four others were transported to hospital, where one of them, a 10-year-old boy, died late this morning. The other patients included a man in his 40s, who remains in a critical condition, and two women in their 30s and 60s who are in stable conditions.

Two firefighters were also treated for injuries as a result of their actions, fighting the fire. One had sustained a minor electric shock, while another had fallen from the upper level of the home.

FRNSW investigators are  on-scene, assisting NSW Police Forensic officers in determining the cause and origin of the fire.

FRNSW has responded to more than 500 residential fires since 1 June.

Tragically, 13 people have lost their lives in fires so far this winter – nine more fire fatalities than all of last winter.

50 fire-related injuries have also been reported.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said, "Smoke alarms save lives."

"Nearly 50 per cent of the homes impacted by fire this winter have not had a working smoke alarm."

"We are asking all residents to take action and to check their smoke alarms today, and if you have questions about what's required, contact your local fire station."

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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