Fire in empty home a mystery
IT WAS a devastating night for a home owner as their Teven house was gutted by a fire while they allegedly holiday overseas in the early hours of Monday morning.
About 2am Monday morning emergency services were called to the home on Teven Rd after a neighbour reported a fire.
Firefighters from Ballina, Alstonville and Wardell arrived to find the house well alight and instantly got to work on a mission to control the fire.
It was a big night for the firefighters as battled with the heat.
They were eventually able put out the blaze but were unfortunately unable to save the house.
A duty officer from the Rural Fire Service said some firefighters were called back to the site after leaving as the heat from the ashes and remains of the house had caused the fire to reignite.
Yesterday morning Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Nicole Bruce said fortunately nobody was in the house at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the blaze.
"The occupant of the house was not hurt as they were overseas at the time," she said.
Insp Bruce said officers from the forensic services group were at the house yesterday trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
Late last night Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna said the cause of the fire is still unknown but inquires were being made with the owner in order to find out what went wrong.
Anyone with any information on the fire is urged to call Ballina police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.