Run­ning for their lives as fire an­ni­hi­lates home

FAM­ILY OF SEVEN LOSES POS­SES­SIONS AND PETS TO IN­FERNO

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

A fam­ily has es­caped un­scathed as fire ripped through a home in Will­mot, de­stroy­ing the property on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the Mer­ca­tor Cres­cent home about 2.40pm to re­ports of a fire en­gulf­ing the house.

Large black plumes of smoke poured out of the brick home as roof tiles broke and buckled from the heat. It is be­lieved a woman and six of her chil­dren shared the pri­vate rental home.

Ev­ery­one who was home home at the time of the fire es­caped un­harmed.

How­ever, the fam­ily’s pet stafford­shire ter­rier Rain is still un­ac­counted for and pre­sumed dead.

An in­flat­able pool, clothes on the line and a few toys in the yard are all the be­long­ings that re­mained.

Mt Druitt D Pla­toon sta­tion of­fi­cer Ross Gen­ders said the fire took hold fast.

“When we ar­rived, there were large smoke plumes com­ing out of the house, there was in­tense fla­m­age across the front of the house and three peo­ple had al­ready self-evac­u­ated,” Mr Gen­ders said.

A fam­ily mem­ber, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said he was in shock.

“This is go­ing to hit them real hard be­fore Christ­mas,” he said.

As well as Rain, the fam­ily mem­ber said two pet lizards and some fish had also per­ished in the fire.

Mr Gen­ders said fallen pow­er­lines rest­ing on the fence had made the scene hard to ac­cess but En­deav­our En­ergy ar­rived quickly to as­sist.

Fire crews from Mt Druitt, St Marys, Crane­brook, Dun­heved and Pen­rith were on scene, as well as po­lice and am­bu­lance of­fi­cers.

Mer­ca­tor Cres­cent was blocked off near Cap­tain Cook Drive as crews mopped up af­ter the fire.

Fire and Res­cue NSW Metro West One Zone Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Alex Scott was driv­ing past when he no­ticed the smoke and stopped to see if he could help.

“The house has been com­pletely de­stroyed by fire and, at this stage, it is too early to tell where it started,” Supt Scott said.

“The fire was very in­tense and the house went up so fast.”

Mt Druitt po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire.

Pic­tures: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

A para­medic treats a young woman at the scene and (inset) fire­fight­ers mop up af­ter the fire.

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