• July 4, 2021

When a house catches fire, you might not know where to turn for help

Posted October 02, 2020 14:19:17A house caught on fire in the city of Wollongong has sparked an international fire emergency after it was set ablaze.

Emergency services in the small town of Westinghouse have declared a State of Emergency, after a blaze broke out on Sunday night.

A fire service spokeswoman said the fire started at about 8:30pm on the outskirts of the town and had caused “significant damage”.

She said a number of residents were taken to hospital for treatment.

“The fire is under control and no residents have been injured or reported to be at risk,” the spokeswoman said.

“However, the town of Wollsongong remains under a State Of Emergency and local residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities until further notice.”

The fire was declared “contained” by the Wollongs Bay Fire Service.

“Wollongongs fire service is providing assistance to local authorities and will assist with evacuations and search and rescue efforts,” a Wollons Bay Fire spokesman said.

The fire erupted in the town’s residential neighbourhood and a number residents were evacuated as a precaution, the spokesman said, adding that the fire had no impact on Wollangongs population.

“It was not a serious incident and no one was injured,” he said.

Fire crews were still at the scene on Monday afternoon, and fire crews were also working at the nearby fire station.

The blaze was reported on a residential street and caused “minor damage” to property, Wollings Fire Service chief executive Andrew Taylor said.

He said the cause of the fire was unknown and the fire service was still trying to establish a cause.

“We’re looking into the circumstances of what caused it,” he told reporters.

“There’s no reason to think it was deliberately set.”

The Wollals Bay Fire and Emergency Service said a man who was found with burns on his body was taken to the local hospital for further treatment.

There was no immediate word on whether the blaze was suspicious or deliberate.

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