Fire brigade's arrival saves house

SMOKE alarms were the key to preventing any injuries at a house fire in North Bellingen on Sunday afternoon.

Bellingen Fire Brigade captain Andre van Hoeck said it was the alarm that alerted three adults, three children and numerous pets to the fire, which had started in one of the bedrooms.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 1pm and were able to contain the fire in the bedroom.

However, thick smoke had spread throughout the house.

“There was an awful lot of smoke and the place was only a minute or two from going off – it could have been a big fire,” Mr van Hoeck said.

The Urunga Fire Brigade and Coffs Harbour Hazmat team were also on the scene, providing back-up as well as large fans to clear the smoke away.

Coffs Harbour police were still investigating the cause of the fire.

Mr van Hoeck said it was a powerful reminder of the importance of fire alarms.

“Fire alarms mean everyone is alerted much earlier. They save so many lives,” he said.

“Property can always be replaced, people can't.”

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