WELL ALIGHT: This two-storey family home in Wirraway Ave, Evans Head, was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning, despite the best efforts of firefighters.
WELL ALIGHT: This two-storey family home in Wirraway Ave, Evans Head, was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning, despite the best efforts of firefighters. Halden Boyd

Evans rallies to help family after home destroyed by blaze

EVANS Head is rallying to help a well-known local family after their home was destroyed in a fire.

The Torrens family lost their two-storey Wirraway Avenue home after it was engulfed in a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Evans Head Town Fire Brigade deputy captain Coady Strong said they were called to the blaze at 2am and that the house was already well alight.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Crews worked hard to save a neighbouring property as the brick home collapsed.

Evans Head and Coraki town brigades with Woodburn Rural Fire Service and the Goonellabah Hazmat unit collaborated to keep two large gas bottles from going up with a bang.

Deputy Fire Captain Strong said if the wind had been blowing from the south, the neighbouring property would have been in grave danger.

BURNT TO THE GROUND: Deputy fire captain Coady Strong of the Evans Head Town Fire Brigade outside the remains of the Wirraway Avenue home, while retained firefighter Craig Tosomeen cools down gas bottles on the home’s northern side.
BURNT TO THE GROUND: Deputy fire captain Coady Strong of the Evans Head Town Fire Brigade outside the remains of the Wirraway Avenue home, while retained firefighter Craig Tosomeen cools down gas bottles on the home’s northern side. JAMIE BROWN

But Deputy Captain Strong and retained firefighter Craig Tosomeen were still at the scene at midday.

The Chill Cafe, run in conjunction with the Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre is providing a collection point for donations for the family.

Shift supervisor Taysha Butler said that as part of such a tight little town it was important for them to help out in any way they could.

"We're a small community and if people didn't help each other, what would we have? Any help that can be done we're more than willing to put our hand up," she said.

Items like non-perishable foods, clothing and linens can be dropped off at the café.

A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said nearby residents had made multiple 000 calls to report that the house was on fire.

"Initially there were reports of people in the house," the spokesman said.

"There were some problems getting enough water pressure in the area to fight the fire.

"By 4am the fire was extinguished but the house was totally destroyed."



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