Jerilderie house fire
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.