Cops ‘assaulted’ after home inferno

Home Invasion
Two officers were allegedly assaulted in western Sydney early on Saturday. Picture: NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

A man is in custody after allegedly assaulting two police officers as cops tried to stop a resident going into a burning building.

The incident happened on Shepherd Street in the western Sydney suburb of St Marys after 3am on Saturday.

When emergency crew arrived at the scene a single-storey weatherboard home was well ablaze.

The house fire on Shepherd Street, St Marys. Picture: Facebook
The house fire on Shepherd Street, St Marys. Picture: Facebook

Two residents of the home, a 66-year-old man and his 40-year-old daughter, escaped uninjured.

An officer from the Nepean police and a dog handler were on the scene.

But one of the homeowners tried to go back into the burning house.

Police allege a Nepean officer and a dog squad handler were assaulted. Picture: NewsWire / Monique Harmer

Police allege a 38-year-old neighbour assaulted police as the officers tried to stop the homeowner going back inside.

The 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of assault police and one count of resits/hinder police.

He appeared in the Parramatta Bail Court Saturday morning, and was refused bail.

Police are calling for any information about the house fire.