INFERNO: A fire rips through the heritage listed home on Victoria St at the weekend. Photo: Contributed
INFERNO: A fire rips through the heritage listed home on Victoria St at the weekend. Photo: Contributed

Trespassers haven burns

POLICE say a vacant house destroyed by a fire in Grafton at the weekend was frequently used by trespassers.

But Grafton duty officer Inspector Tony Milner said nothing had "jumped out" as being suspicious about the fire.

"There was nothing in the report written about the incident that looked untoward," he said.

"Crime Scene Investigators were looking over the site and they will send a report through."

The fire totally destroyed the house, which neighbour Willie Crawley said had been heritage listed.

She told The Daily Examiner the house was L-shaped, which heritage officers told her was of significance.

The blaze at its height on Saturday afternoon also threatened her house, with the heat from the blaze smashing a window and burning curtains.

Grafton Fire Brigade captain Garry Reardon said the two brigades on the scene feared for the safety of the neighbouring property.

"Flames were impinging on the west side of the hour and the fascia was beginning to burn," he said.

"Our initial actions were to protect the exposure of that house to the fire."

Captain Reardon said the house had been empty at the fire, which the Grafton and South Grafton brigades attended from about 1pm on Saturday.

The two brigades were at the scene until about 5.30pm.



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