Family relieved to be reunited with dog after house fire
UPDATE: A FAMILY of four had a lucky escape from a house fire overnight at Boambee East, which left a man hospitalised with smoke inhalation.
Neighbours raised the alarm after the fire broke out in the garage of the Oscar Ramsay Dr home around 1.30am.
Firefighters said the family was able to self evacuate prior to crews arriving on scene.
"When crews arrived from both Coffs Harbour and Sawtell the garage of the house was well alight all persons were fortunately accounted for and crews have managed to extinguish the fire in the house, but unfortunately it has been very badly damaged by fire," Coffs Harbour Fire Station Officer Sally Foote said.
"The fire spread from the garage into the adjoining house and to the rear of the car parked in the driveway."
Surrounding properties were evacuated as a safety precaution and concern was then raised for the family dog, which was found to be missing.
"There was a worry about a dog and we had crews in breathing apparatus searching the house looking for that dog, fortunately the family dog was found hiding under a boat in the rear yard and it was returned safely to the owners," Station Officer Foote said.
EARLIER: WHILE the town was sleeping, four occupants were forced to evacuate after a fire began to burn in their home.
Ambulance, Police and Fire fighters were called to a house fire at Oscar Ramsay Drive in Boambee East around 12.45am today.
Ambulance media said they received reports of a house fire and the occupants, two adults and two children, had evacuated the building.
One patient was transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital with minor injuries.