***VISION ALERT*** Firefighters extinguish intense house fire - Doonside

Published: 17 Jun 2024 05:30pm

Three people have escaped an intense house fire, started by furniture too close to a heater this afternoon at Doonside, in Sydney’s west.

Seven Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews rushed to the single level home in Graham Street around 2.30pm.

A woman, aged 50, and two men, aged 18 and 20, made it out of the house as the flames took hold.

They’ve been assessed for smoke inhalation and burns by Ambulance paramedics and taken to hospital for further treatment.

Firefighters say office chairs were placed too close to an electric heater and caught fire, starting the blaze.

The house was fitted with smoke alarms but it appears they did not activate.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in just over an hour but flames had damaged 20 percent of the home.

FRNSW urges the public to keep materials at least a metre from the heater at all times to avoid such fires.

Also ensure your homes are fitted with working smoke alarms and maintain a home fire escape plan for all occupants.

The public can find further winter fire safety advice on the FRNSW website: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=879 [external link]

Media note - FRNSW footage of the blaze can be located here: https://vimeo.com/960092759/75d97feb24?share=copy [external link]

Updated: 17 Jun 2024 05:34pm

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Related safety topics

Smoke alarms

It“s the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.

Escape plans

Having a home escape plan and a working smoke alarm increases your chances of getting out safely.

Heaters & open fires

Learn how to prevent fires from heaters and open fires.

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