Firefighters responded to a fire at a home at Frenchs Forest late last night.

Just after 10.15pm last night (Saturday, 30 July) emergency services were called to a report of a house fire at Wearden Road, Frenchs Forest.

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW Forestville and Dee Why Stations arrived on scene to see smoke billowing from the roof of a two-storey brick and tile residential house. Given the height of the building, they also requested the attendance of Manly Fire Station’s ladder truck.

Frenchs Forest house fire

Power to the property was switched off and using two hose lines connected to street hydrants, firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus entered the smoke filled house. The three occupants of the home had self-evacuated but firefighters conducted a check of the premises, giving the all clear for both levels.

The seat of the fire was located in one of the bedrooms of the house, which led to fire spread and large amounts of smoke in the roof space. They set to work tackling the fire, quickly establishing fire control and extinguishment shortly before 10.45pm.

Frenchs Forest house fire

Once the fire in the bedroom had been put out, firefighters searched for any concealed spread of fire through wall and roof cavities. They also commenced ventilation of the home to minimise the effects of smoke damage throughout the premises.

The residents of the house were initially assessed at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, one of whom was determined to have suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition. It is understood there were no burn injuries sustained in the incident.

Frenchs Forest house fire

Fire crews remained on scene until just after midnight. The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed but it is understood that NSW Police and the Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander for the Sydney North zone were both on scene and inquiries will be conducted.

This is the second serious house fire on the Northern Beaches in the last week, with a fire destroying a home at Manly Vale on Thursday (28 July).

For more information about home fire safety, visit the FRNSW website and if unsure about the safety of your home, book a free home fire safety visit from your local fire brigade.

Images: Luke Gavahan

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