Suspicious blazes in Murwillumbah
CRIME scene investigators are looking into two “very suspicious” fires, one of which destroyed a home at Murwillumbah early Saturday morning.
The owner of the Reserve Creek Road house escaped the residence but went back inside the flaming structure to rescue her dog and was fortunately uninjured, Murwillumbah Fire Station Captain Greg Hayes said.
“She was lucky she got woken up by the fire,” Cpt Hayes said.
“She tried to extinguish the fire but when she realised it was too big she re-entered the house to rescue her dog and a few possessions.”
Cpt Hayes said two Murwillumbah fire engines responded to the call about 4.30am on Saturday.
“When they arrived the house was well alight, as well as two cars at the side of the house,” he said.
“The occupant had escaped from the house.
“She was able to move her van, which only had slight damage.
“It took us about 50 minutes to extinguish the flames to a degree where we could manage it.
“The house was completely destroyed.”
But, he said, to the credit of the firefighters the structure was still standing.
“I think she’s lost just about everything,” he said.
A separate fire, about 40 metres down the road from the house, has caused firefighters and police to view both fires as highly suspicious.
“About 15 or 20 minutes beforehand the rural fire service got a call and couldn’t find that fire because it had gone out,” Cpt Hayes said.
“Twenty minutes later we got the house call.
“It’s very suspicious.”
Cpt Hayes said they have had a few suspicious calls, including hay bales set alight, in recent months.
Tweed Heads Police Sergeant Garry Jardine said investigations were continuing.
Anyone with information regarding these fires should call Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.