TWO police officers have been injured after running into a burning home in southern NSW, fearing people were trapped inside.
It happened in the regional city of Wagga Wagga, in the state’s Riverina region, around 3am on Sunday.
Police said officers were patrolling the suburb of Tolland after receiving reports of fires being lit when they found a garbage bin on fire under a carport and a roof of a home on Weedon Street.
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Concerned people were still inside the house, two officers forced entry through the front door and searched the property but no one was home.
Police said the flames spread from the bin and caused significant damage to the house.
The brave officers needed to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, with one of the officers taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital for further treatment.
Neighbouring homes were evacuated while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Officers from the Riverina Police District attended and established a crime scene.
Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire this morning, however, police say it is being treated as suspicious.
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