Fire guts banksia house

Fire guts banksia house

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An abandoned property in Banksia Crescent has been destroyed in a house fire.

Tumut Fire Brigade were called to the building at around 5:50am on Tuesday October 11, and managed to bring the blaze under control within around 15 minutes.

Incident Controller Kevin Malone said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but seems suspicious.

“We presently haven’t determined what started it but we suspect it may have been suspicious or malicious,” he said.

“There’s no reason for it start. It’s unoccupied – at that time of day – it shouldn’t catch alight.”

Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

 

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Firefighters from the Gundagai Station as well as officers from the Rural Fire Service assisted the Tumut Fire Brigade in extinguishing the fire.

Mr Malone said they relied on their training to respond to the situation.

“We were fortunate we had the crew and the techniques to subdue it fairly quickly,” he said. “It was boarded up, so there wasn’t much opportunity for smoke to escape, or air to come in. So we were able to utilise that fact and subdue it pretty quickly.

“It would have been a devastating fire if there was somebody in there.”

The property is a Department of Housing residence that had been unoccupied for some time.