An International student from India died in Westmead hospital on Monday after getting caught in the fire which engulfed his unit on Campbell Street in Parramatta.
Emergency services were called to the Campbell Street apartment block in Parramatta just before 2.45 am.
“On arrival, officers attached to Parramatta Police Area Command found a third-floor unit well alight. A 27-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead hospital in a critical condition,” said the police.
Another 20-year-old man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and was taken to Westmead hospital in a stable condition.
The below units were evacuated as Fire and Rescue NSW officers extinguished the blaze. An investigation into the incident has commenced; the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
The community has launched a fundraising campaign to repatriate Raunak’s mortal remains to India.
“He was the kind of guy who would go out of his way to help someone. Raunak came to Australia in Sep 2019 on a student visa and had big hopes of completing his Masters in Networking and supporting his parents and younger brother back home,” reads the appeal posted on GoFundMe.
“He was in his last semester and planned to go to India in a couple of months to see his family, but those future dreams and hopes of parents drying eyes to see their child will never come to life now,” it said.