Two Police Officers Sedated, in Induced Comas, After House Fire Rescue

TWO police officers have woken up after being sedated and intubated as “precautionary measures” after they rescued a man from a fire in Sydney’s inner-west overnight.

NSW Police told the constables, from Leichhardt’s Police Area Command, noticed smoke billowing from the front porch of a townhouse in Camperdown about 2.40am Tuesday after patrolling the area.

The occupant was uninjured in the fire. Picture: Bill Hearne

They knocked on the door of the townhouse and managed to wake and rescue a 34-year-old man inside. Firefighters were eventually able to douse the blaze, which authorities believe was deliberately lit.

The man was uninjured but the two officers were taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton applauded the actions of Constable Oliver Rietburgen and Probationary Constable Claudia Vaccaro.

“The selfless actions of the two officers is an example of police putting themselves in danger and in harms way while carrying out their duties,” he told reporters.

“There is a potential that these two police officers by their actions saved the occupant of that property.”

Two officers were on patrol when they spotted smoke. Picture: Bill Hearne

Early investigations suggested the fire was deliberately lit.

This afternoon a 36-year-old woman attended Newtown Police Station and was arrested in relation to the fire. Inquiries are continuing.