| 17.10,19. 10:05 PM |
NSW Police charge man with murder after two die in Tamworth house fire
Photo: Firefighters used water from the home's backyard tank to extinguish the blaze. (ABC News)
A man has been charged with two counts of murder after two people, including a child, died in a house fire in Tamworth in north-western NSW.
Emergency services were notified around 5:30am after the home in suburb of Hillvue caught alight.
The fire was so ferocious and well-developed that crews were initially unable to enter the house through the front door.
Upon entering from the back, firefighters found two bodies inside — one woman in the bedroom, and a five-year-old boy in another room.
A 27-year-old woman and seven-year-old boy managed to escape the blaze and were treated by paramedics in the front yard of the house.
NSW Ambulance inspector Pau McRae said the situation was confronting.
"She had significant burns to a significant part of her body and she was conscious, so in a lot of pain, and was obviously stressed about the situation," he said.
The 27-year-old was transported to Sydney in a critical condition, while the boy is in a stable condition at Tamworth Base Hospital.
Shortly after the blaze, a 60-year-old man, who also lived at the residence, presented himself to Tamworth police station.
He was questioned and charged by police and has been refused bail.
Fire and Rescue superintendent Tom Cooper said there was no town water to fight the fire, but quick-thinking crews used the tank in the backyard of the house.
"Thank goodness [it] had just been replenished with recent rain," he said.
He said two firefighters were being "closely monitored" due to the traumatic circumstances they were confronted with.