Officers in induced coma after rescuing man from burning townhouse

TWO police officers remain in hospital in induced comas after rescuing a man from a burning townhouse in Sydney’s inner-west overnight.

The officers were patrolling Camperdown around 2.40am when they noticed smoke billowing from the front porch of the Church Street townhouse.

The officers approached the building and saw a fire had broken out on the front veranda.


After knocking on the front door to raise the alarm, the officers escorted a male occupant to safety while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

While the man was not injured, the two constables were.

They both inhaled a lot of smoke and were taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where they remain today after being placed in induced comas.

Police said early investigations suggest the fire was deliberately lit.

The townhouse was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic officers to try and work out exactly how the fire started.

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