Police have released body-camera vision of the moment they realised an eight-year-old boy was lying motionless on the floor of a burning house.
In the vision lasting just over two minutes released by Western Australia police, two officers can be seen approaching a house well-alight in South Hedland, in the Pilbara region, on March 27.
As the fire rages witnesses can be seen frantically trying to see through the windows of the burning house as police run around the home trying to find a way inside.
“We’ve got a child inside the house,” one officer can be heard reporting over the police radio as a window near him explodes from heat.
Seconds later, an officer can be seen breaking a window of the house and using his flashlight to try and see through the thick black smoke.
“There’s a child inside, we’ve got heavy smoke,” the officer confirms over the radio and yells at people to stay back.
Witnesses can be heard yelling for the boy to call out to them, but there is no response.
As the officer hears over the radio that fire crews are still on their way to the scene, he jumps a fence and asks a neighbour if they have a hose, they don’t.
“I’ve got him,” the other officer can be heard yelling as the police officer wearing the body-cam leaps back over the fence and meets his partner at a window.
“We need urgent assistance,” the officer calls over the radio as his partner in front can be seen picking up a small boy from inside the house and carrying him away from the flames before the video ends.
The injured boy was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Hedland Health Campus with suspected smoke inhalation and burn injuries. He has since made a full recovery.
The fire caused significant damage to the house and Arson Squad detectives were brought in to examine the scene.
An 18-year-old South Hedland man has been charged with criminal damage by fire, and acts or omission causing bodily harm or danger.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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