Blaze: Police forensics at the Dry Dock Road residence yesterday.
Blaze: Police forensics at the Dry Dock Road residence yesterday. Blainey Woodham

Tweed family escapes house fire

A FAMILY escaped unharmed after a fire broke out in a bedroom of a Tweed Heads South residence on Saturday night.

The blaze began in a bedroom on the bottom floor of a two-storey Dry Dock Road residence about 7.30pm.

Tweed Heads Police inspector Darren Steel said a couple were at home with three children when smoke was first detected.

“One of the occupants left the home to visit a friend up the road, and five minutes later one of the kids smelt smoke in the house,” Insp Steel said.

“They searched around and saw smoke coming from one of the bedrooms.”

“The occupant went into the bedroom and saw the smoke coming from a covered area. At this stage the occupant grabbed all kids and ran from the house.

“Neighbours alerted firefighters and police to the blaze.

“Police were the first ones on the scene and entered the building to ensure no other persons were inside. Shortly after, the firefighers arrived to extinguish the fire,” Insp Steel said.

“No persons were injured.”

The two police officers who entered the building suffered smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Police forensics attended the scene yesterday.

Inspector Steel said the blaze did not appear to be suspicious although investigations were ongoing.

“The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined,” he said.

He said Tweed Heads detectives would be conducting further inquiries into the fire.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999.



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