Investigation after house fire
FIRE destroyed a home on Bentley Road in Tullera yesterday.
Fire crews received a call from the home's female owner just before noon yesterday.
The male owner was not home when the fire started.
The Rural Fire Service's Tullera unit was first on the scene about 12.15pm.
However, by the time they arrived, the fire had a strong hold on the home and the building was close to collapse, Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service manager Michael Brett said.
It is believed two or three gas cylinders located at the property exploded due to the fire, with Mr Brett saying there had been reports of multiple large explosions coming from the property.
It took the Tullera crew, with support from Dunoon and The Channon RFS units, about two hours to get the fire under control before the Dunoon and Channon units were stood down about 2pm.
The Tullera crew was still working at the property until at least the late afternoon, as it provided fire control and conducted the salvage operation.
The crew also provided support to police and local fire investigators, as they tried yesterday afternoon to determine the cause of the blaze.
Fire investigators arrived at the scene about 3pm and were still at the scene late in the afternoon.
Neither of the two home owners were injured in the fire.