In the midst of howling winds, driving rain and high tides on Saturday morning a house at Belongil caught alight.
Echonetdaily understands that the pavilion home at Childe Street was in the process of being renovated but that it was the unrenovated section that caught on fire, possibly from an electrical spark that caught on the wind.
Fire & Rescue NSW report receiving a call around 5am on Saturday morning.
‘Initial reports were a tree alight. When crews arrived they found the house well alight,’ a spokesperson said.
‘Everyone was out of the house at the time.
‘Crews extinguished fire and protected nearby houses and structures.’
The spokesperson added that high winds made operation more difficult but that the fire was extinguished by 7.30am.
The two-level house was severely damaged by the fire.
Police are still investigating cause.