Man dies of injuries from fire - Bonnyrigg

Published: 16 Aug 2022 01:33pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has been informed of the death of a man from injuries suffered during a house fire earlier this month at Bonnyrigg, in Sydney's south-west.

The fire broke out in a bedroom of the two-storey Howitt Place home just before 6.30pm on Tuesday August 2.

NSW Ambulance paramedics rushed the 48-year-old man to hospital for treatment to burns to 50-per cent of his body.

FRNSW has been informed the man died in hospital eight days later on Wednesday 10 August.

He is the 14th person to have died as a result of a residential fire in NSW this winter. Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.

FRNSW investigators have determined the home did not feature a working smoke alarm.

Firefighters are continuing to appeal to the public to ensure all homes are fitted with active alarms that are regularly maintained to prevent tragedy.

For expert assistance in safeguarding your home, contact FRNSW to discuss booking a fire safety visit: [external link]

If you don’t have smoke alarms installed, the FRNSW crews can fit them for you.
FRNSW advises the public to:
·      Check and maintain smoke alarms once installed;
·      Keep any drying clothes or anything flammable at least a metre from the heater;
·      Clean and maintain any fireplaces;
·      Do not use outdoor heating or cooking equipment inside your home;
·      Check electric blankets are safe for use and never go to bed or leave home with your electric blanket on;
·      Do not overheat wheat bags in the microwave;
·      Do not overload power boards;
·      Clean the lint filter from your clothes dryer after each use;
·      Never leave cooking unattended;
·      Always use candles under adult supervision and do not leave them unattended where possible;
·      Ensure you have a ‘home fire escape plan” and practice it regularly with your family; and
·      If a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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