POLICE and firefighters are investigating whether the fire that destroyed a Darlington Point house on Wednesday was deliberately lit.
The unexpected blaze shocked locals in the area, including Angela McCann, who noticed an ominous-looking puff of black smoke when she glanced out of her cousin’s window.
“We went straight down there to see what was happening and it was just blazing,” she said.
“It was a bit crazy – at first it wasn’t so bad but within seconds of us arrivingit just ripped through with flames everywhere.
“It was such a big old building and it really just went through every part of it.One of the power lines even came down and was sparking all over the place.”
Inspector Nick Seddon, from the Griffith Local Area command, saidthe fire had been discovered by officers who werepatrolling theKidman Way andnoticed smoke coming from a property onCarrington Streetshortly after 4pm. But the abandoned house waswell alightwhen fire crews arrived at the scene, taking crews about30 minutes toextinguishthe blaze.
Electricity was still connected to the house at the time of the fire withEssential Energy on hand to deal with thelines brought down in the blaze.
No one was injured in the fire and investigations are continuing.
The blaze comes after two homes in Griffithwere gutted by fire over the past two weeks.
On Saturday, October 22, 14 firefighters from Griffith’sFire and Rescue NSW station responded to a house fire onMacArthur Street.
They found the back half of the fibro house already fully engulfed in flames.
On Sunday, October 16, fire crews were called toPilloni Road discovering an unoccupied house well alight.
The recent spike in home fires has caused the area’s firefighters and fire expertsto issue an urgent reminder to homeowners.
They are being asked tocheck their fire alarms and avoid overloadingpower boards or power sockets.
Another local house fire.
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