A MAN has been found unconscious, surrounded by flames in his unit after a fire ripped through the building in Sydney’s west this morning, killing one of his pet dogs and burning another.
Police were patrolling South Penrith around 8:30am when they noticed smoke billowing from the Jamison Road unit block.
The brave officers tried breaking into the unit, however, were forced back by the fierce flames.
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Fire & Rescue NSW raced to the scene and, with the help of breathing apparatus, were able to enter the building where they located a 58-year-old unconscious, surrounded by flames.
Firefighters dragged the man out of the burning building and worked to extinguish the inferno while paramedics treated the 58-year-old at the scene.
He was later airlifted to the Nepean Hospital where he remains this afternoon. His condition is not known.
Sadly, one of the man’s pet dogs was found deceased in the unit. A second was found injured and had to be rushed to the Nepean Animal Hospital.
An elderly woman had to be evacuated from an adjoining property while firefighters worked to put out the flames.
The two police officers who were first on the scene were also treated for smoke inhalation.
No one else was injured in the incident. An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire.