22 May 2024

Two Griffith police officers hospitalised and man arrested after forced entry of house on fire in Cedar Crescent

| Oliver Jacques
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Fire truck in action

Fire and Rescue NSW arrived and put out the fire. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 311 Griffith.

Two Griffith police officers were taken to Griffith Base Hospital and placed on oxygen for four hours after arresting a man and attempting to extinguish a house fire on Cedar Crescent last Thursday (16 May).

Inspector Glenn Smith informed Region that emergency services were called to the residence just before 4 pm. Upon arrival, police found a fire burning inside the house.

Officers arrested a man at the premises after forcing entry through the side door to check for any occupants. They also attempted to extinguish the fire.

During this time, one officer sustained lacerations to both hands and both officers suffered smoke inhalation. Crews from Fire and Rescue Station 311 Griffith and 512 Yenda then arrived and put out the fire.

All persons were able to make it out of the house safely. However, the two police officers were taken to hospital for treatment. They also took the arrested male to hospital for treatment and later released and transported him back to Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with possession of a knife in a public place, larceny, destroying or damaging property, stalking and intimidation, common assault and damage to property by fire.

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