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Man jumps through window to escape early morning fire

GUTTED: An uninsured home in Marcia St was extensively damaged by fire early yesterday, despite the best efforts of fire crew. Photo: FRANK REDWARD.
GUTTED: An uninsured home in Marcia St was extensively damaged by fire early yesterday, despite the best efforts of fire crew. Photo: FRANK REDWARD.

UPDATE: A MAN jumped through a glass window and fell about five metres to the ground to escape a house fire inside a Coffs Harbour home early yesterday. 

The homeowner, aged in his 40s, suffered deep wounds and burns and was hospitalised as firefighters worked to save the Marcia St home. 

Firefighters were called to the scene about 5.45am on Friday and arrived to find the street filled with smoke.

Coffs Harbour Fire Station Officer Mark Rose said the homeowner was disorientated and injured following the fall. 

"He was extremely lucky, the house was locked up and he couldn't get out so he jumped through the window," Station Officer Rose said. 

"It's a house built over the top of a garage so it was a big fall, about 16-feet high. 

"Once the window was smashed the flames rose up the side of the house and the kitchen, dining and loungeroom were extensively damaged."

The incident was the third house fire on the Coffs Coast within the space of 12 hours. 

It followed another kitchen fire at a home in Kurrajong St on Thursday about 8pm and a fire that destroyed a home above a banana farmn at Sandy Beach just after 6pm. 

Two occupants suffered smoke in the other Coffs Harbour house fire after food on the stove caught fire. 

Prior to that blaze, crews on board three Rural Fire Service tankers and two Fire and Rescue pumpers fought to save a home off Rickards Rd, Sandy Beach.

Firefighters said containment efforts were hindered by the lack of reticulated water and the property's location on top of a steep ridge, 4km from the Pacific Hwy. 

To fight the fire, crews were forced to relay water between tankers and the house was gutted before the flames could be extinguished. 

It is understood the house was recently vacated. 

Police are investigating the cause of the fire. 

A lack of reticulated water meant fire crews were forced to relay water between tankers before they extinguished the flames of a house fire at Sandy Beach.
A lack of reticulated water meant fire crews were forced to relay water between tankers before they extinguished the flames of a house fire at Sandy Beach. Trevor Veale

FRIDAY 8AM: FIRE crews were called to three house fires in the space of 12 hours on the Coffs Coast, which left a total of three people hospitalised with smoke inhalation and injuries.

The first call came in from Sandy Beach where a two storey home above a banana farm was all but destroyed on a remote property off Rickards Rd.

Crews on board three Rural Fire Service tankers and two NSW Fire and Rescue pumpers were called to the scene around 6.30pm and arrived to find the house well alight.

Firefighters said containment efforts were hindered by the lack of reticulated water and the location of the property on top of a ridge at the end of a steep track 4km from the Pacific Hwy.

To fight the fire, crews were forced to relay water between tankers and before they extinguished the flames, the house was destroyed.

Police are this morning continuing to investigate the cause.

The second house fire happened in a Kurrajong St around 8pm.

Firefighters said cooking was left unattended on the stove in the kitchen.

Two people at that location were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

In a third incident, early this morning, a man jumped through a top storey window to escape a house fire in Marcia St.

A triple-o call was placed at 5.45am reporting a kitchen fire, NSW Fire and Rescue reported.

A second call was fielded saying the fire was almost extinguished, but firefighters arrived to find the street filled with smoke and the house well alight.

As crews readied hoses and equipment to enter the house they found the owner, a man in his 40s, who was visibly injured.

Firefighters said the man had jumped through the kitchen window and fallen approximately five metres, suffering glass cuts, injuries and burns.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics, as fire crews spent two and half hours containing the blaze.

The single level home on top of a garage suffered extensive damage.

The kitchen, loungeroom and dining of the home were gutted by fire, firefighters said.

Police said the owner of the house was uninsured.

Topics:  coffs coast, editors picks, house fire, sandy beach



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