Girls come to rescue in Blackett unit fire

Police will recommend three girls for bravery awards after they helped a heavily pregnant woman and her three young

children during a unit fire in Blackett on Tuesday afternoon.

The girls, aged, 12, 13 and 15 were walking along Popondetta Road at around 5pm when they noticed a unit was on fire.

They were Tiarnna Bevege, her stepsister Brittany and their friend Jessica Bartley .

Two of the girls entered a neighbouring unit and alerted a woman – who is 40 weeks pregnant – to the fire.

They helped her and her three children aged one, three and five from the unit safely. while third girl called emergency services.

‘‘We seen lots of black smoke, so we ran over to it and we seen the lady’s house on fire and there was a man that was already putting the lady’s house out, and he yelled out to go get [the] kids in number two, so we ran to the house,’’ Tiarnna told radio station 2UE.

After helping the young family out of the house, Tiarnna said she and her stepsister and friend ‘‘were just standing there and we were worried’’

Tiarnna, who is about to start Year 8 at high school, said she and her stepsister were frightened at the time.

‘‘It was smoky,’’ she said, describing the conditions in the unit when she ran inside.

‘‘Just my throat was a little croaky.’’

She said she had never previously met the woman who she helped to save, and was going to give her some toys for her children.

Asked how her mother reacted to her heroic actions, Tiarnna said: 

‘‘She was proud of me and my sister’’.

The blaze was extinguished by NSW Fire and Rescue  but the unit was destroyed.

The pregnant woman was checked at the scene by paramedics.

A woman was found in the backyard of the premises and was taken to Blacktown Hospital for assessment.

Mount Druitt Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

More to come.

Did you see the fire or know the girls or family involved? The Star would like to hear from you. Phone our reporter on 4722 7205.

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