Two escape as home razed by fire
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.