A family of five are safe but their brick home is in ruins after a fire tore through their house at Ocean Shores yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services including three trucks and a HAZMAT vehicle, and fire and rescue workers from Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Tweed Heads, were called to the house in Yamble Drive at 5.02pm yesterday.
New South Wales Fire and Rescue Northern Rivers duty commander, Inspector Jeff Roche, who also attended the fire, said the lay of the land played a part in the emergency vehicle’s arrival.
‘It took some time to get in because of the terrain. It’s very hilly and the trucks are very big to manoeuvre through the streets.’
The five residents of the house, including three children, were safely self-evacuated after being alerted to the fired by a neighbour, who also rang triple-0.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but according to media reports it started in items for a garage sale left outside the house.
Much of the roof of the house collapsed during the blaze but surprisingly fire fighters were able to save some of the rooms.
‘We got inside the house and cut the fire off before it damaged the entire house. We pushed it back on itself and saved half the house,’ said Inspector Roche.
He added that they were able to remove one car from the premises and save memorabilia items including photos and a computer hard drive.
A Nissan car, a collectors item believed to be worth over $70,000, was inside the garage. Flames flicking out from inside the room appeared to have overcome the vehicle but though it was fire damaged and looked to be written off, Inspector Roche said it was salvageable.
Several explosions, suspected to be steel-belted tyres, were heard during the incident. The intensity of the fire caused some windows in neighbouring properties to crack, and garden items and adjoining fences were charred, but no other houses were involved.
Inspector Roche said further work was required to determine the cause of the blaze
‘I will go back today to with the police forensics squad to further investigate the property.’