Two charged after fire guts Tweed residence

TWO suspected teenage arsonists have been arrested following a fire that left the inside of a Tweed Heads house completely destroyed. Tweed Heads firefighters were called to the Thomson Street blaze about 6.40pm on Tuesday. One firefighter told the Tweed Daily News the house, believed to have been a vacant property used by squatters, had been "internally gutted", with just the external structure remaining. Although ambulance crews were called to the scene, no-one was inside the house at the time of the blaze and no-one required medical treatment. The fire had been extinguished by 7.20pm. Tweed Heads police officers were forced to guard the damaged house throughout the evening, roping it off with crime-scene tape until Forensic Services officers arrived on the scene yesterday%to investigate the cause of the blaze. Tweed/Byron Local Area Command police duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said damage had been done to several rooms of the house. Witnesses interviewed by police reported seeing two males running from the house around the time the fire started. The teens, 15 and 17, both from Tweed Heads, were found in Coolangatta later that evening and%taken to Coolangatta Police Station where they were interviewed. The 17-year-old was released into the custody of a family member and the 15-year-old was transported to Southport watch-house. He was extradited to Tweed Heads yesterday and charged with damaging property by fire. The teen was refused bail and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Children's Court today.



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