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Two people rescued from Bradbury house fire

Published: 6th March 2006

Firefighters have rescued two people from a burning home in Bradbury in Sydney’s south west. Fire crews were called to the house just before 11.30 pm on 3 March 2006. When the Campbelltown crew arrived six minutes later they found a single level brick house well alight with the occupants trapped inside. Fire crews from Rosemeadow and St Andrews were also responded; 15 firefighters were committed to fighting this fire.

Firefighters put on air cylinders to undertake a search and rescue. A firefighter forced entry through the rear of the house and found an unconscious woman lying in the kitchen. Another firefighter entered the house through a lounge room window and found a man in a bedroom. Both were removed to safety and treated for smoke inhalation injuries by firefighters and Ambulance officers before being conveyed to hospital. A Police officer and a neighbour who assisted the firefighters were also treated for the affects of smoke inhalation.

Within 20 minutes fire crews had the fire contained to 60% of the house. They remained on the scene for another three hours completing extinguishment, mopping up and assisting with investigations.

The Campbelltown Station Officer, George Brown, was proud of the efforts of his crew. ’The firefighters’ actions were the bravest I’ve seen in 26 years of firefighting,’ he said.

Station Officer Brown also praised the efforts of the Police and a neighbour who attempted to gain entry to the burning house before fire crews arrived. Police officers also assisted firefighters to carry the casualties to the treatment area.

The fire extensively damaged the house. The cause is being investigated by the NSW Fire Brigades’ Fire Investigation and Research Unit and the Police.