South Grafton house fire deemed suspicious
POLICE are treating a fire which has destroyed a house in South Grafton as suspicious.
Emergency services rushed to the house on Melaleuca Way after receiving a call about 12.30am on Thursday.
By the time NSW Fire and Rescue arrived, the house, believed to be a NSW Department of Housing dwelling, was totally engulfed in flames.
Grafton Fire and Rescue NSW captain Garry Reardon said because the Grafton and South Grafton brigades could not enter the premises they had to go into defensive fire-fighting mode.
"The roof caved in so we couldn't get access to the building," he said.
"We weren't even able to go inside to try and determine a cause because it was too dangerous."
The house, which was completely destroyed, was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
No other buildings were damaged.
Grafton Police Inspector Tony Milner said at this early stage of investigation the incident was being treated as suspicious and a number of inquiries were being made.
Police are understood to be waiting for results from forensic examinations.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Anyone with information regarding the circumstances of the house fire has been asked to contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222.