Sydney: About three people have lost their lives and around 20 residents have been injured after a nursing home in Sydney caught fire.
The emergency services rushed to the building at 4.53 am today, after receiving the call. There were around 100 elderly residents trapped in the nursing home when the fire began.
According to New South Wales police, less than 10 people died in the incident. However, fire authorities are warning there could be more victims. The blaze is believed to have started in two places and detectives will investigate into situation.
Thick black smoke had filled the nursing home. The smoke simply choked the residents and created problems for firefighters, who had to search the rooms crawling on their hands and knees.
“This is a firefighter’s worst nightmare,” NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins told reporters at the scene. “(They) could not see their hands in front of their faces. Crews had to literally crawl on their hands and knees into every room in the complex, reach up under the beds, searching cupboards, anywhere where someone may have crawled away.”
The cause of fire is still not clear and investigations are underway. All the residents have been accounted for. Medical representatives said the residents sustained injuries and many were suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns.