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Family’s despair over fire at South Gundurimba

CHARRED REMAINS: A farmhouse on Coraki Rd at South Gundurimba was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.
CHARRED REMAINS: A farmhouse on Coraki Rd at South Gundurimba was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. Doug Eaton

DEVASTATED family members came to the aid of a 60-year-old South Gundurimba woman yesterday after her farmhouse was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.

Perched on a hill about 150m off the road, the only sign the large home had been gutted by flames was red and white fire tape, flapping in the breeze across the driveway.

Combing through the charred timber with a washing basket to retrieve any salvageable valuables, the expressions on the faces of family told the story of their despair.

The family acknowledged how fortunate it was that nobody was injured or killed in the blaze, but declined to comment further.

This is at least the sixth house fire this year in the region after blazes destroyed a Mallanganee home in June, a Lennox Head unit, a Casino home and a Bentley farmhouse in May, and homes at Eureka and Numulgi in April.

Lismore police Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said emergency services were called to the property on Coraki Rd at about 7.30pm after reports of a house fire.

"The 60-year-old woman went to round up some cattle just on dark at about 5.30pm and she came back at 7.15pm to see thick smoke coming from the house," he said.

"The flames quickly took hold and spread to the ceiling of the weatherboard house and completely destroyed the home."

Det Insp Kehoe said it was believed the woman, the only occupant at the time, was cooking in the kitchen before she went out to the paddock to tend to the cattle.

"It appears the fire started in the kitchen and police don't believe it was suspicious."

Police, Fire and Rescue NSW and Essential Energy attended the scene at about 7.45pm.

Essential Energy isolated power to the home and firefighters finally extinguished the blaze at 9.30pm.

Topics:  fire, house




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