1 dead, 7 injured in suspicious house fire

ONE person is dead and seven others including two police officers have been taken to hospital following a suspicious house fire in Sydney’s south-west.

Emergency services received multiple triple zero calls from residents on Crank Place at Elderslie about 11.40pm on Saturday.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the front part of the home, with reports of people still trapped inside.


Crews immediately began attacking the blaze from the outside, before searching the home for occupants.

Sadly, once the flames were extinguished, firefighters located a body inside the home.

The victim is yet to be formally identified.

Police have been told five other people were also inside the home at the time, including three children.

They were all treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Two police officers also attended hospital with smoke inhalation.

Police have confirmed the fire is being treated as suspicious, with multiple accelerants found at the scene.

Witnesses have reported hearing “banging and screaming” before the blaze took hold of the home.

The Crank Place home was declared a crime scene and examined by specialist forensic officers overnight.

Anyone with information that could police with their investigation is urged to come forward.