Popular local artist, Patrick Carroll, has been confirmed as the man who died during the Ebbtide Mall fire at The Entrance.
At about 4:30pm on Sunday, October 20, emergency services attended The Entrance Rd after receiving information that a shopping complex was alight.
It’s understood Carroll became trapped in his studio as the fire raged outside his door, with no chance of escape due to metal coverings on the windows.
Carroll phoned Triple Zero to advise he was trapped and remained on the line throughout the ordeal until he succumbed to possible smoke inhalation.
After evacuating the building fire crews commenced a rescue operation and extracted Carroll from his studio and immediately began performing CPR, but it was too late and he died at the scene.
A crime scene has been established and an investigation has commenced to determine the cause of the blaze.
A report is being prepared for the Coroner.
Media release, Oct 20-22
NSW Police Media