Man escapes fire at Heatley
POLICE have ruled a fire that destroyed a house in Heatley late on Sunday night was accidental despite a man squatting in the building claiming it may have been sparked by a group of people.
Three firefighting crews, police, ambulance and Ergon were called to the Haydon Cres home at Heatley about 11.40pm.
District duty officer Senior Sergeant Joe Matheson said a man at the scene told police he had been “half asleep” when he saw the glow of the fire.
“The occupant has told police some persons have attended the address and been asked to leave,” Sen- Sgt Matheson said.
“A short time later the resident located a fire within the dwelling.”
Police and firefighters were on the scene throughout Monday and no longer consider the fire suspicious.
Detective Senior Constable Belinda West, from Kirwan Criminal Investigation Branch, said police had been unable to determine the validity of the man’s story.
“What we do know is that person was squatting at the address,” Sen- Constable West said.
“Police are treating it as accidental – cause undetermined.”
Neighbour Sam Han said he was asleep and woke up to the man at his front door.
“My neighbour had no phone, I gave him a phone to call police,” Mr Han said.
Another neighbour Ken Walker said the fire was frightening for the quiet street.
“There was a big flare up in the sky,” Mr Walker said. “Obviously it will have to be pulled down – no one can live there.”
ACCIDENTAL FIRE: An investigator at the Haydon Cres, Heatley, house that caught fire on Sunday. Neighbours say the house ( inset) is unsafe to live in now.