Heat on for firefighters

A CORAMBA blaze under police investigation was one of three house fires on the Coffs Coast at the weekend.

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

The home owner had almost doused the flames in his lounge room by the time firefighters arrived. It is understood the tenants were away when the fire took hold.

“The fire was confined to the lounge room but there was a lot of heat and smoke damage to that room and the kitchen,” said Inspector Ron Collingridge from the Rural Fire Service.

“Police are investigating the cause.”

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

Police are investigating.

Elsewhere, a triple-0 call dispatched firefighters to a farm just west of Bellingen at 10.30am yesterday. They arrived to see smoke billowing from the timber and fibro home.

Bellingen Fire Station commander Andre van Hoeck said firefighters with breathing apparatus contained the blaze to a lounge room, which was destroyed.

“The home has a lot of smoke damage in all rooms and we’ve ventilated the building,” he said.

“It was a great save and a job well done. The fire was detected early and the house had smoke detectors.”

A husband and wife were home when the blaze broke out but they were not injured. Firefighters found the family dog inside and carried it to safety.

Forensics police were at the scene yesterday afternoon to determine the cause of the blaze but Mr van Hoeck said the lounge room did have an open fire.

Meanwhile, quick-thinking has spared a Sandy Beach house from destruction.

Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb said a homeowner immediately turned off the power when a small blaze took hold on Saturday morning.

He said the man and his children had returned home to Saye Close about 10.50am to discover shrilling fire alarms and smoke. The man contacted 000 and isolated the electricity supply.

Fire crews found the cause of the fire was a stove hotplate which had been left on, igniting a pot. The blaze filled the house with smoke and caused minor damage to the kitchen.

Mr Webb said this was the third structure fire on the Northern Beaches in two weeks – two at Sandy Beach and last week’s blaze at Bucca.

“We really need people to be careful,” Mr Webb said.


FIRE crews extinguished a scrub fire at Sapphire yesterday and cleaned up an oil spill on James Small Drive at Korora on Saturday night.

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