Intense blaze: Detective senior constable Tony King and Stuart Watts inspect the burnt-out shell of this Waterview Heights home which exploded in a fiery blaze on Friday evening.
Intense blaze: Detective senior constable Tony King and Stuart Watts inspect the burnt-out shell of this Waterview Heights home which exploded in a fiery blaze on Friday evening. Lynne Mowbray

Fire destroys Grafton home

A HOME in Waterview Heights has been destroyed by fire.

About 10.15 on Friday night, firefighters from South Grafton Fire Brigade were called to the house at the corner of Swan Hill Drive and Kingfisher Place.

Captain of South Grafton Fire Brigade, Dennis Pye, said the fire was so intense firefighters could see the flames from quite a distance.

He said when his team arrived the flames were shooting out the windows and the roof was starting to collapse.

“(At that stage) all we could do was defensive firefighting,” he said.

Captain Pye said once the flames were able to be controlled, he sent in a crew wearing breathing apparatus to conduct a search and rescue for anyone who may have been inside.

Luckily, the search and rescue crew did not find anyone and it was established that no-one was home at the time of the blaze.

Captain Pye said once the search had been concluded the team was then able to fight the fire from the inside, which proved more successful.

Regardless, it still took them most of the night to fully extinguish the fire.

Captain Pye said his team did not get back to the station until about 4am.

Then, upon its return, the South Grafton crew spent another hour or two cleaning equipment.

All in all, Captain Pye described it as “a pretty tough night”.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but police will continue their investigations this week.



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