CLOSE CALL: Grafton resident Willie Crawley’s house was spared after the one next door burnt down on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
CLOSE CALL: Grafton resident Willie Crawley’s house was spared after the one next door burnt down on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

Heritage-listed cottage gutted by fire

A FIRE which destroyed a heritage-listed cottage in Grafton at the weekend also threatened a neighbouring house.

Grafton Fire Brigade captain, Garry Reardon, said a southerly breeze on Saturday afternoon was blowing the heat and flames from the fire onto a neighbour's house.

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

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

The neighbour, Willie Crawley, said the heat smashed a window and burnt curtains and photos in the house.

She told The Daily Examiner she was frightened her house would catch alight.

She said the Catholic Church owns the building in Victoria St and its officers visited her yesterday to check up on her welfare.

Captain Reardon said police forensic officers checked the site yesterday and an investigation of the causes will take place.

He said the building has been vacant for some time and was totally destroyed.

Captain Reardon believed the fire started around 1pm.

Grafton and South Grafton fire brigades attended the scene until 5.30pm.

Grafton Police were unavailable to comment.



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