Coramba fires suspicious

POLICE have confirmed two weekend fires at a Coramba property are being treated as suspicious.

Fire crews were called to the home on Orara Way just north of the village at 1pm on Sunday, only 11 hours after a car was ablaze at the same address.

The home owner had almost doused the flames in his loungeroom by the time firefighters arrived. It is understood the tenants were away when the fire took hold. The blaze was confined to the loungeroom, but it resulted in heat and smoke damage to that room and the kitchen.

Earlier in the day, fire destroyed a Nissan Pathfinder on the property. A woman, 27, was awoken by the glow of her burning car at 2.15am and raised the alarm.

Elsewhere, an elderly man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire on Waterfall Way, west of Bellingen, caused $100,000 worth of damage on Sunday morning.

The fire broke out at 10.15am in the sitting room after embers from a fireplace ignited carpet and furniture, police believe. Firefighters from throughout the district responded quickly and managed to save the rest of the house. A man, 87, who was home at the time, was overcome by smoke and treated at Bellingen Hospital.

Fire crews dashed to Sandy Beach on Saturday morning where fire took hold in a kitchen. The quick-thinking owner immediately turned off the power when he returned to the Saye Close home at 10.50am.

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