Fires destroy three Tweed homes
FIRE has ripped through three Tweed homes, leaving two burnt to the ground.
The area's Rural Fire Service was busy extinguishing two separate blazes at the weekend before being deployed to Brisbane to assist with flood recovery.
Tweed Heads firefighters attended a small house fire in Tweed Heads early yesterday morning.
A family home on the Pottsville road at Mooball was reduced to ashes on Saturday afternoon, RFS group captain David Cook told the Tweed Daily News.
“When we got there the house was totally engulfed by flames,” Mr Cook said.
“It was a very volatile fire.”
Mr Cook said it was lucky that no one was injured.
“We searched the house with breathing apparatus. There were no occupants.”
Mr Cook said four fire trucks fought the fire.
“It took about four-and-a-half hours to extinguish.
“There was also a re-ignition there yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.
“The cause is under investigation.”
The Rural Fire Service was assisted later that night by the Murwillumbah Fire Brigade with another house fire on Farrants Hill Road.
Murwillumbah Captain Greg Hayes said the home was completely destroyed.
“When we got there about 9pm it was nearly on the ground,” Capt Hayes said.
“It was a holiday house and unoccupied at the time.”
Capt Hayes said the blaze took more than an hour to totally extinguish.
“When our tank ran out we had some difficulty getting water because there were live electrical wires in the swimming pool.
“We couldn't use that water until Country Energy turned the power off.
“Police are investigating the cause.”
Tweed Heads firefighters attended a small house fire in the bedroom of a Flamingo Place house about 3am yesterday.
The residents extinguished the blaze before firefighters arrived and there was damage to the curtain and walls.
Capt Hayes said the three fires, as well as one last Wednesday in Murwillumbah, were uncommon for this time of year.
“We usually see a lot of house fires in the winter months,” he said.
“Everyone's getting inundated with the floods and losing houses and we're losing them to fires.”