Running for their lives as fire annihilates home
FAMILY OF SEVEN LOSES POSSESSIONS AND PETS TO INFERNO
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.
A paramedic treats a young woman at the scene and (inset) firefighters mop up after the fire.