An investigation is underway into the cause of a blaze that gutted a house in Hudson Street, Tumut, yesterday morning.
A resident from a nearby house was alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke just before 5am and upon investigating, discovered one room of the house at 8 Hudson Street alight.
The man attempted to determine if there was anyone inside and was soon informed by a neighbour that the occupants were away.
It’s understood they were at Walgett.
Tumut Fire and Rescue arrived soon after to find the house well-alight, with the fire having spread to the roof.
There were reports of sparking coming from an electrical box. Smoke billowed over town as the flames shot high into the dawn sky while fire-fighters worked feverishly to bring the situation under control.
Adding to the hazard was the risk of asbestos and emergency crews donned breathing apparatus during the operation.
The Rural Fire Service assisted and police and ambulance officers were also on scene.
It took about 45 minutes for crews to get on top of the fire but firefighters were still on the scene some two and a half hours after arriving.
It is the third house fire in Hudson Street in recent months, following two blazes at the one house.