Blackett girls hailed as heroes

Four girls have been praised after they went to the rescue of a heavily pregnant woman and her three young children during a house fire in Blackett last Tuesday.

Unit destroyed by fire on Popondetta Road at Blackett.

Unit destroyed by fire on Popondetta Road at Blackett.

Tiarnna Bevege, 12, her stepsister Brittany Hamilton, 12, Charlie Holden, 14, and Jessica Bartley, 15, were walking along Popondetta Road when they saw a villa on fire.

Three girls entered a neighbouring unit and alerted a woman — 40 weeks pregnant — to the fire.

They helped her and her three children — aged one, three and five — from the villa safely while the other girl called emergency services.

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

She and her stepsister were frightened at the time.

"It was smoky," Tiarnna said, describing the conditions in the unit when she ran inside.

The blaze was extinguished by NSW Fire and Rescue but two villas were destroyed, including that of the young family that was rescued. The pregnant woman was checked at the scene by paramedics.

The community has rallied and made donations to her family that has been left with few possessions.

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

Mount Druitt police said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Police will recommend the girls for bravery awards.

The Star's Facebook page was inundated with praise for the girls.

"Congrats girls on being so thoughtful, accept your shining moment and all the attention. Glad to see them getting recognised we should make a fuss over these young heroes," Anne Macliver posted.

Karen Walsh added: "Good to see that a good news story about teenagers gets media coverage.

"Well done girls."

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

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