Two es­cape as home razed by fire

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Two peo­ple es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury when a house in Tocumwal was com­pletely de­stroyed by a fire early Satur­day morn­ing.

At about 1.30am fire crews were called to Parkes St, where they found the home fully en­gulfed.

NSW Fire & Res­cue teams from Tocumwal and Fin­ley re­sponded to the blaze, with two crews from the Tocumwal Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

Tocumwal Fire & Res­cue Cap­tain Ian De­sailly said there were about 17 fire­fight­ers al­to­gether.

He said the cause of the blaze is not known, and it is be­lieved Mur­ray River Po­lice District of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

‘‘It took us about 20 min­utes to get the fire un­der con­trol and a fur­ther three hours to ex­tin­guish,’’ Capt De­sailly said.

‘‘The wind was a bit of a con­cern con­sid­er­ing the house was fully en­gulfed in flames, how- ever we were able to get it un­der con­trol.

‘‘No neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were dam­aged or un­der threat of catch­ing fire.

‘‘The two peo­ple didn’t seem to be in shock, and es­caped with­out in­jury.’’

At the time of go­ing to print, the SRN was un­able to reach the oc­cu­pants for com­ment.

A nearby res­i­dent, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said they were wo­ken when the fire erupted af­ter hear­ing a ‘‘loud bang’’.

‘‘I could see the flames from my house,’’ the res­i­dent said.

‘‘I was con­cerned for the neigh­bour’s house, but it didn’t get touched so full credit to the fire crews.’’

RIGHT: De­bris sits where the Parkes St home used to stand in Tocumwal.

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