Vacant house catches fire
Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018
By Kara de Groot
A house on Kaolin Street was left unsalvageable after a fire tore through it on Sunday night.
Firefighters were called just before midnight and arrived to find smoke billowing from the roof and flames coming out of the walls.
Fire crews entered the house to combat the blaze while backup crews worked on the exterior, said Station Officer Matt Hunter.
“The crew put on breathing apparatus and entered the building for an internal fire attack while backup crews with lines of hose stopped the fire from spreading to any nearby buildings,” SO Hunter said.
“The fire was already in the roof on arrival, and the intensity of the fire caused the roof structure to collapse. However no fire fighters were in the building at the time,” he said.
“The fire was contained to its building of origin, and no adjoining or nearby buildings were in danger.”
The two-bedroom cottage was vacant at the time and the owner has been contacted.
At this stage it’s not known what caused the fire.
There is speculation it may have been an electrical fault, however police investigations are ongoing to determine the cause.