Emergency services have rescued nine people, including five children under the age of five, and nine puppies from a burning house in Sydney’s west.
Police say they were patrolling St Marys at around 6.45pm when they noticed flames shooting out of a home on Nancy Street.
Officers raced to the scene and assisted to rescue nine people and nine pet puppies from the burning building while multiple Fire and Rescue crews worked to contain and extinguish the inferno.
A fire fighter was injured and taken to Nepean Hospital in a stable condition.
All nine occupants and nine animals were rescued without injury.
A crime scene has been established and investigations into the cause of the fire are under way.