A home in Tumut’s Dalhunty Street was largely destroyed by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Tumut Fire and Rescue responded to the scene at 1.20am on Saturday, finding the house well alight. They battled the blaze with two Rural Fire Service units, Gundagai Fire and Rescue and the Fire and Rescue Rehabilitation Van from Harden.
A Tumut Fire and Rescue spokesman said that firefighters were initially searching for people inside the home, but the resident of the home turned up about half an hour after crews arrived and assured them there was no one inside. The firefighters then switched from search and rescue to fire fighting mode.
The kitchen of the home was intact but the rest of it was beyond saving. At one stage tiles were falling from the roof into the residence. The crews were on the scene for about three hours.
The fire started in the rear of the home, and investigations are continuing into its cause, which was possibly an electrical fault.