Four pets die in Castle Hill house fire

A Castle Hill house fire was upgraded to a "second alarm" by Fire & Rescue NSW this afternoon, with fears a person could be inside.

Firefighters were called to a house in Castle Street about 12.30pm and raised the second alarm when it was reported a person reported was unaccounted for.

Crews in breathing apparatus got to work with house lines and began a search of the building which by this time was well alight in a front bedroom, with smoke filling the rest of the dwelling.

The fire was brought under control and no one was located inside but four pets were found deceased.

A police officer was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators and police are working to establish a cause.

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