Residents are declaring their local police heroes after a building in Wentworthville exploded in flames overnight.
Police noticed the blaze during a patrol on Station Street at around 4.10am this morning.
A resident recorded the heroic acts of the officers as they fought back flames and smoke during their rescue efforts.
Eight police officers were transported to hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns.
Two men who lived in the building suffered burns and smoke inhalation. They were also transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Fire & Rescue NSW declared a 4th alarm structure fire after seeing the large blaze on approach. Crews from around Sydney responded to support the rescue operation.
The building collapsed and there are fears two occupants remain missing.
Fire crews dispatched USAR1, which is the specialist Urban Search & Rescue semi-trailer.
Sensitive equipment was used to search for any remaining survivors buried in the rubble. Heat detection and remote camera devices were utilised in the search.
The area was declared a crime scene and detectives are investigating the incident.
The cause of the explosions and fire are being investigated by both Fire & Rescue NSW & the NSW Police.
Any witnesses who noticed suspicious activity are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000
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