Fire and Rescue NSW is warning people to be careful this winter after a series of house fires. In one fire residents were treated for smoke inhalation. In another blaze, fire and rescue officers saved the family’s pets.
1. HOUSE FIRE ON CAMILLERI AVE, QUAKERS HILL
Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Schofields, Kellyville and Blacktown were called to a house fire on Camilleri Ave, Quakers Hill just after 11.15am on Monday morning, July 27.
The house was well alight when crews arrived. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and stop it spreading to neighbouring properties. Three residents were treated by NSW Ambulance on scene for smoke inhalation and minor burns. The fire is believed to have started in the bedroom of the house however investigators are still determining the cause.
2. HOUSE IN BOLWARRA CRESCENT CASTLE HILLS
Last week fire destroyed a house in Bolwarra Crescent Castle Hills on Tuesday, July 21. Plumes of black smoke could be seen from some distance.
Fire and Rescue crews from Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills responded to an emergency call at 5.22pm. They were joined by crews from Kellyville, Beecroft, Parramatta and Wentworthville. Smoke and flames were visible from the splitlevel home when the first crews arrived. Firefighters entered through the front door and conducted a search and rescue but the house was empty. Fire crews contained the damage to the four-bedroom home and were at the site for several hours ensuring it didn’t spread to neighbouring homes.
3. HOUSE OF AN 80-YEAR-OLD PENSIONER
An 80-year-old pensioner lost his home when fire severely damaged his Kings Langley home.
Numerous 000 calls were made due to the large volumes of smoke at 5.30pm on Thursday July 16.Baulkham Hills were first on scene at Tupia Place and were followed by crews from Blacktown, Seven Hills, Schofields and Huntingwood.
Crews arrived to find the street heavily smoke logged together with an intense fire on the upper level of the split-level home
Officers evacuated the residents to safety from the rear of premises while firefighters entered the burning premises to conduct a fire attack to extinguish the burning property and perform a search and rescue to locate missing pets. Officers located the animals on the property and safely reunited them with their owners.
The fire was extinguished after one hour and crews were successfully able to stop the fire spreading to the remainder of the property, saving the two lower levels of the home.
The cause of all three fires are being investigated.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said during winter it was important for residents to always check their heaters before use. “Check all cords for fraying and damage and if you suspect a fault have the item checked by a qualified repairer or replaced,” he said.
“It is important to not overload power boards and to ensure everything is kept at least one meter from the heater.”