Crews respond to real estate agency fire
FIREFIGHTERS have extinguished a fire in the roof of a real estate agency on the main street of Sawtell.
NSW Fire and Rescue crews were alerted to smoke billowing from the roof of Nolans Real Estate at First Ave around 9.30am this morning.
Police and multiple fire crews from Sawtell and Coffs Harbour stations attended the scene, closing down part of First Ave and Boronia St while firefighters entered the roof.
It is understood the power was cut off to three stores while the area was made safe.
The fire, which had ignited in the roof, is not believed to be suspicious.
Fire and Rescue NSW Mid North Coast Inspector Tony Lenthall said a "good Samaritan" had been using a garden hose to slow the spread of the fire before crews arrived on scene.
He added that the incident was a timely reminder to be vigilant this winter.
"Winter is when we experience more house fires and kitchen fires," he said.
"Ensure smoke alarms are working and practice good fire safety around the house."