A fire has taken hold of a home at Wheeler Heights this morning, sparking a full emergency services response.
At 10.55am this morning (Tuesday, 28 June) emergency services received numerous Triple Zero (000) phone calls from concerned members of the public, reporting a fire at a residential house at Rose Avenue, Wheeler Heights.
Multiple emergency services responded, including Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), NSW Ambulance, NSW Police and Ausgrid.
FRNSW Dee Why Station arrived first on scene by 11.00am, joined swiftly by crews from Narrabeen, Manly and Forestville Stations as well as a FRNSW Duty Commander.
Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed a large amount of thick billowing smoke from the roof of a house and were faced with a fully involved fire in a two-storey brick and tile residence on a battleaxe block.
By 11.10am, power to the property had been switched off at the electrical board by firefighters prior to the arrival of an energy authority representative from Ausgrid to isolate the power. Subsequently, the gas supply was turned off.
The fire had taken hold by 11.15am, burning through the roof of the second storey, however, firefighters in breathing apparatus were able to gain control of the blaze within 20 minutes, using three hose lines that snaked the length of the long driveway, to attack the flames.
Working in defensive mode, their valiant efforts were able to extinguish the fire and stop it from spreading further throughout the property and quash any threat to neighbouring homes.
Two people had self-evacuated from the property, out onto the street, prior to the arrival of firefighters. All persons were accounted for, with no one trapped inside the house.
Two NSW Ambulance road crews attended, with paramedics assessing both residents at the scene, one elderly lady in her 70s for minor smoke inhalation, with neither requiring transport to hospital.
According to FRNSW, the fire had started on the back deck of the two-storey residence and spread to the living room and the roof. Dee Why Fire Station remained on scene to 3.45pm to assist with the salvage and overhaul operations on the property, confirming the residence was totally destroyed by fire.
It is understood that the house had at least one working smoke detector, which was activated, potentially alerting the occupants in a timely manner to be able to get out and stay out of harm’s way.
“This is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.
“The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations,” said FRNSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry.
Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command attended the scene in multiple vehicles, along with NSW Police Detectives. The source of the fire remains under investigation.
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