“I wouldn’t call me a hero, but I was there at the right time, to get the girl out,” he told 9NEWS.
“We dragged her on the grass, I yelled out for someone to give me a hand.”
Fire engulfed the single-storey home in Hill End Road in Doonside about 6.40am on Saturday.
A family of seven, originally from Ghana, fled from the blaze before emergency services arrived to find the house well alight.
The girl, 9, suffered burns to up to 90 per cent of her body and was rushed to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a critical condition where she later underwent surgery. Footage from the scene shows extensive burns to her face, arms and feet.
Paramedics were able to stabilise the girl on the front lawn as firefighters fought to extinguish the flames engulfing the home.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the home and managed to douse the fire before it could spread to adjoining properties. At least three fire engines were at the scene.
Neighbouring residents stood in the front yards of the suburban street watching the incident.
A woman who said she lived in a house across the road told how her husband had woken her up, alerting her to the blaze.
She said her husband then entered the smoking home and rescued the girl.
“I saw him run through the house, through smoke and fire, and grab a little girl to save her life. I was worried about my husband, it was a big shock,” she said.
“He put her outside and waited for the ambulance to arrive.”
A police investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. However, a spokesperson for the NSW Police said there are no suggestions of anything suspicious.
NSW Fire Services have issued multiple alerts this winter warning of the possibility of fires starting in homes after a surge in the number of such blazes and related fatalities in the state in 2015.