House blaze declared disaster zone



TOORMINA'S Ocean Spray Drive resembled a disaster zone yesterday when fire destroyed a four-bedroom home.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene mid-afternoon, closed the cul-de-sac and evacuated neighbouring residents when it was feared an oxyacetylene bottle

in the garage would explode.

Firefighters used a line of hose to cool down the bottle and removed it to safety.

No-one was at home during the destructive blaze, which resulted in the roof of the single-storey brick-and-tile dwelling collapsing.

Firefighters from Sawtell were supported by Coffs Harbour personnel who had hazardous materials equipment on standby.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by police and NSW Fire Brigades.

Coffs Harbour crews had been on the way back to their station after attending a bushfire at Diggers Beach when they were called to help out at Toormina. The Toor-mina blaze was first noticed about 2.40pm.

- Rural Fire Service crews from the Coffs Harbour district were on standby late yesterday after a severe bushfire cut the Pacific Highway 30km north of Kempsey at Clybucca. The highway was closed to traffic in both directions, causing extensive delays. Bri-gades were also on alert for another major blaze in the Armidale area.



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