FIRE DESTROYS TOWNHOUSE
TWO-THIRDS OF DOUBLE-STOREY TOWNHOUSE BROUGHT TO THE GROUND
FIRE investigators are yet to determine the cause of a blaze that destroyed a twostorey townhouse at Hebersham on Friday morning.
Two-thirds of the twolevel townhouse, in Vallingby Ave, collapsed as firefighters battled to save neighbouring properties.
A small fire broke out in the unit next door but crews were able to extinguish it quickly.
Emergency services were called to the residence about 9.20am after receiving multi- ples Triple 0 calls. Four crews, including one from Mt Druitt, two from Dunheved and one from St Marys arrived.
Fire and Rescue NSW West Duty Commander Martin Hofstadler said the structure and contents were destroyed.
“At this stage the fire appears to have started in the loungeroom area as that’s where the most significant part of the fire damage is evident,” Mr Hofstadler said.
“The fire has actually burnt through the floor in that area.”
A Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat (hazardous materials) crew from St Marys was also called in to assess contamination from asbestos.
Next door neighbour Daniel Pullinger, who kicked the door of the townhouse down to make sure no one was home, said the smoke and flames were intense.
He said he spent more than five minutes searching for a hose long enough to help fight the fire.
“If it was night, someone would have died,” he said.
His mother and children got out of the complex safely with the help of neighbours. Kelly Baxter, who lives in the same complex, said she heard screams and opened the door to see thick black smoke outside.
“I just shut the door and ran to my neighbours to help get the kids out,” Ms Baxter said
The 35-year-old said her heart went out to the large family who lived in the Housing NSW townhouse.
“This is bloody horrible,” she said.
“I lost my house in Tregear going on three years now. It’s just devastating.”
Remains of the townhouse fire in Hebersham and (inset) Paul Dillinger at the scene.