Jer­ilderie house fire

Southern Riverina news - - News -

A FIRE­FIGHTER was treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing over­come while fight­ing a late-night blaze last Wed­nes­day.

Crews re­sponded to the blaze in Ma­honga St, Jer­ilderie, just be­fore 11.30pm.

It took more than 40 min­utes to bring the fire un­der con­trol and crews were at the scene un­til 3.15am.

Fire & Res­cue NSW Acting Supt Paul John­stone said the dou­ble brick home was ‘‘badly dam­aged’’ de­spite the first crew ar­riv­ing on scene within six min­utes.

No one was home at the time.

A Jer­ilderie fire­fighter was taken to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing smoke in­hala­tion and in­jured ribs.

Supt John­stone said ex­actly how the man sus­tained the in­jury would be in­ves­ti­gated by health and safety.

‘‘Whether it was an un­avoid­able fall fight­ing the fire or it could have been pre­vented,’’ he said.

A NSW po­lice spokes­woman said the cause of the blaze was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Dev­as­ta­tion . . . The Ma­honga St home is re­duced to ashes.

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