Fire has seriously damaged this home at Merrylands West.
FIRE ripped through a two-storey home in Merrylands West on Thursday morning.
A spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said crews were alerted to the house fire on Bruce Street just before 9am.
He said crews en-route encountered "large volumes of smoke" and found the flames breaching through the second level of the roof when they arrived.
The property's residents managed to safely escape from the home before the first of six fire crews, including an aerial ladder pumper, arrived at the scene.
"The fire was extinguished by 10am, with firefighters wrapping up operations by 11.15am," the spokesperson said.
"There was a partial roof collapse and an FRNSW Urban Search and Rescue Crew was called into assess the structural damage to the roof space."
There was significant damage to the property and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Teens arrested over hold-ups
TWO teenagers have been charged by detectives investigating two separate alleged armed robberies at a supermarket in Auburn three months ago.
Three people, armed with knives, entered the rear of the business just after midnight on August 7 and stole mobile phones from the staff before fleeing in a dark-coloured hatchback.
At 7.20pm the following Saturday (August 12), two men with their faces covered entered the shop again, and threatened and assaulted a female employee before taking cash and also leaving the scene in a dark-coloured hatchback.
Detectives from the State Crime Command's Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Gallium to investigate the robberies, which are believed to be linked.
As part of ongoing investigations, strike force detectives stopped a car on Kippax Street, Surry Hills, on Saturday afternoon and spoke to the 17-year-old male driver from Auburn and an 18-year-old male passenger before allegedly finding 33g of cocaine during a search of the vehicle.
Shortly afterwards, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Bennett Street in South Granville and seized a car, which is believed to be proceeds of crime; an extendable baton, and other items allegedly relevant to the investigation.
The 18-year-old South Granville man was charged with accessory before the fact to armed robbery, robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon in company, dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime, driving while suspended, supplying a prohibited drug, and possessing a prohibited weapon. The 17-year-old was charged with supplying a prohibited drug.
Fears held over missing man
POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate Daniel Justin who was last seen at a home in Wentworth Point, in the early hours of Wednesday, November 8.
He has not been seen or heard from since and police and his family hold grave concerns for the 28-year-old's welfare due to his current emotional state and a medical condition.
Mr Justin is described as about 175cm-180cm tall with a medium build, short black hair, brown eyes and of Caucasian appearance.
He may be travelling in a black Toyota Corolla, NSW registration BU-67-KX and he has previously been known to frequent the Blue Mountains and North Coast areas.
Anyone who sees Mr Justin should contact Flemington Police immediately on 9646 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
'Follow money' to reveal gang
A LIDCOMBE man has been charged during early morning raids last Tuesday targeting an alleged cocaine-supply syndicate.
It follows investigations by Strike Force Bugama, a joint-agency operation into money laundering which begun in June 2016 between the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) Organised Crime Squad and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
Detectives charged three men last year with drug related offences and they remain before the courts.
On Tuesday, Strike Force Bugam officers searched six homes at Lidcombe, Dee Why, Five Dock, Milperra, Padstow and Panania.
They allegedly seized cash, steroids, fireworks, documentation, mobile phones, SIM cards, computers, electronic storage devices, a small amount of white powder, believed to be cocaine, and a stolen boat, which had allegedly been re-birthed.
A 22-year-old man arrested at a Lidcombe home along with a second 22-year-old arrested at Dee Why and a 42-year-old man arrested at the Milperra home, also each face a number of charges including participating in a criminal group, disposing vessel/part-theft and dishonestly possessing interfered with unique identifier.
Two further search warrants were executed at Dulwich Hill and Marrickville on Wednesday.
Organised Crime Squad commander, detective superintendent Scott Cook, said the strike force had proven that 'following the money' is effective in the investigation of organised criminal activity.
"Throughout this investigation, strike force officers have traced financial transactions and unravelled three criminal groups allegedly dealing in various aspects of illegitimate business," he said. "By focusing on the cash or other proceeds of crime, we are hitting them where it hurts most – profit."