Balcony rescue after unit fire, NSW

A man is being treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after being rescued from a balcony of a burning home unit in Surry Hills this morning, NSW Police say.

Emergency services were called to the six-unit residential block in Riley Street shortly before 4am (Sunday 2 December 2018), responding to reports a top-floor apartment was alight.

Residents from adjoining units were evacuated safely but a man from the burning unit initially refused to leave.

He was eventually rescued from his balcony by Fire & Rescue NSW officers and has been taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he’s being treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire has been extinguished but residents are unlikely to be able to return to their homes due to smoke and water damage.

Police hope to speak with the injured man once he is deemed fit, and inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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