Blaze guts home: Couple lose it all
By Andy Parks
A MIDDLE-AGED couple lost all their possessions when their home burned down on Monday night.
Police and fire officers were called to the fire at Stratheden, north of Casino, to find the front half of the house had already collapsed and the rest of the building was fully engulfed. A neighbour noticed the fire about 8.30pm and notified authorities and owner Eric Holcombe.
The fire brigade could not prevent the house from being destroyed, but Mr Holcombe praised the efforts of local police and fire authorities, who he described as 'very prompt' in responding to the call.
Fire engines from the Casino Fire Brigade, as well as Rural Fire Services units from Sextonville and Fairy Hill, attended the blaze. They had extinguished the fire by 11.30pm.
"Although the house was insured it was probably under insured," Mr Holcombe said.
The timber three-bedroom, single story home had an iron roof and was believed to have been between 60 and 70 years old.
Nobody was injured as the tenants were out at the time. They were notified of the fire early yesterday morning.
The tenants, who wish to remain anonymous, say they had been living in the house for several years. Their contents were not insured.
Two sheds adjoining the house were also lost in the fire.
Senior Constable Gary Kennedy, of the Lismore Crime Scene unit, was on the scene working through the rubble in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire.
At this stage, there are no suspicious circumstances, police said.