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Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) investigators are assisting Police to determine the cause of a fatal house fire last night at Yamba.

Just after 9pm, fire crews from Yamba, Maclean and Grafton were dispatched to the single-level house, within a retirement village in Orion Drive.

As firefighters arrived, they saw a woman, believed to be 73-years-old, suffering smoke inhalation, unconscious outside her home.

NSW Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the woman as fire crews, wearing breathing apparatus, attacked the blaze.

The resident was unable to be revived and died a short time later. She is yet to be formally identified.

The fire was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW, however it sustained extensive damage.

Police sealed off the scene for analysis today by FRNSW’s Fire Investigation and Research Unit (FIRU).

It’s the fourth fatal residential fire in NSW this winter.

FRNSW continues to urge the public to ensure all homes are fitted with working smoke alarms.

It is also crucial that households develop a home escape plan in case of fire.

Anyone requiring a home safety visit by their local fire crews can book an inspection via the FRNSW website: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9316

Firefighters will visit your home, provide important advice and fit a smoke alarm, free of charge, if necessary.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.


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