Tragedy as newborn baby dies after suffering burns in house fire
- A young boy has died in a house fire in Campbelltown, south west of Sydney
- Police, fire crews and paramedics called to the blaze about 2.15pm Wednesday
- The fire ignited in the kitchen but the cause remains under investigation
- A second child was treated for smoke inhalation and is recovering
A six-week-old baby has tragically died in a house fire south west of Sydney after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body.
Emergency crews were called to Darwin Rd in Campbelltown about 2.15pm on Wednesday after the blaze broke out in the kitchen of the house.
Paramedics treated the boy for serious burns – with a second specialist team being helicoptered to the site – before the boy was rushed to Campbelltown Hospital where he later sadly died.
A second child was treated for smoke inhalation but did not suffer serious injury.
The young boy was rushed to Campbelltown Hospital but sadly later died (pictured: crews at the scene)
Fire crews rushed to Darwin Rd in Campbelltown about 2.15pm Wednesday (pictured)
A police officer was seen carrying a toddler in the quiet suburban street south west of Sydney
NSW ambulance chief superintendent Mark Gibbs praised first responders for their work under confronting conditions.
‘The baby had sustained burns to between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of its body,’ he said.
‘Any incident involving a child, particularly a very young baby, is heartbreaking, but I’d like to commend our crews for doing an exemplary job under very difficult circumstances.’
He added support services were offered to those first on the scene.
Neighbours in the area told reporters the baby’s mother was heard shrieking.
Amber Knapp who lives in the same street told The Daily Telegraph she was looking after her own child when she went outside and caught sight of the smoke.
‘The entire situation is devastating, my heart really goes out to the family,’ she said.
Police and fire crews are investigating the cause of the blaze and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
The blaze broke out in the kitchen of the house with two young children being injured in the fire
A specialist medical team was helicoptered to the site (pictured)