A one-year-old girl had perished in a fire at an apartment unit in Queanbeyan located in New South Wales while a young boy and a woman were rescued from the blaze.
Emergency services, paramedics and firefighters were called on Monday at around 2:45 p.m. to the apartment unit located in Mowatt Street, Queanbeyan East after they received reports of a blaze, according to 9news.com.au.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire and NSW Police confirmed that a body of the one-year-old girl was discovered as they made their way inside.
Police and investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. A crime scene has been recognized and a report will be written for the coroner.
Meanwhile, ambulance officers confirmed that a three-year-old boy was saved from the burning unit and was immediately treated for smoke inhalation.
A 22-year-old woman, who happened to be the girl’s mother, was also saved from the unit and was treated for burns she sustained from the blaze by paramedics.
A neighbor attempted to help with the rescue and even tried to kick down a door where the 22-year-old woman was.
“I was washing up and opened the window for fresh air and I could smell toxic smoke,” Kenny Cameron said. “There was black toxic smoke billowing out from the next-door neighbor’s door.
“I tried to kick down the door and I could hear [the mother] screaming inside that she couldn’t find her little baby girl.”
Both the three-year-old boy and 22-year-old mother were taken to the Canberra Hospital. The boy is in stable condition while the mother is still in serious but stable condition, according to ABC News.
It is believed that around 20 people were evacuated from the apartment unit while three police officers who were at the scene were treated for smoke inhalation.