Child rescued from burning building

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A Horsham resident has pulled a young child through the window of a burning building, before CFA crews arrived to battle the rapidly spreading housefire.


Horsham Captain Marc Ampt said crews were first notified of the fire just before 5pm on Monday, 23 August.

“We had a report of a house fire in Hazel Street and when we arrived on scene the single-storey brick veneer home was already heavily involved in fire.

“All occupants were safe and accounted for, however there was quite a lot of smoke in the area and two people were treated on scene for smoke inhalation before being transported to hospital.

“We found out that the residents were alerted after seeing smoke inside the house, before discovering a fire had started in the rear bedroom.”

It’s understood the male occupant was unable to enter the room where the young boy was due to the flames, so he went outside to pull the young boy through the window.

Captain Ampt said when CFA crews arrived, it took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

“It shows the importance of not only having a fire safety plan at home, but also practicing that plan so everyone can get out of the house quickly and safely.

“There’s still an investigation underway into the cause, but we’re not treating the fire as suspicious.

“We’d also like to remind people to keep clothes at least one metre from any heat source like open fires or electrical heaters.”


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