In­tense flames de­stroy a fam­ily home in the city’s west

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A FAM­ILY is home­less af­ter a Brunke St house was de­stroyed by in­tense flames yes­ter­day.

At about 10.30am fire­fight­ers were called to the ad­dress and found a two-storey prop­erty en­gulfed in flames and bil­low­ing with smoke.

Po­lice at­tended and closed Brunke St and ad­join­ing Charles St.

Fire of­fi­cer Si­mon Pear­son said the fire started in a bed­room at the rear of the house.

“We en­tered through the front door... and did a pri­mary search (of the prop­erty),” Mr Pear­son said.

Emer­gency ser­vices did not ini­tial know if any­one was in­side the build­ing but soon af­ter a mother and child were found safe and well at a prop­erty across the road.

No one was found in­side the burn­ing build­ing.

The fire was brought un­der con­trol but the build­ing could not be saved.

“The house is pretty much fully gut­ted in­side,” Mr Pear­son said.

“There’s not a room with­out any dam­age.”

Emer­gency ser­vices man­aged to con­tain the blaze within the prop­erty’s bound­aries and neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were not put at risk.

Mr Pear­son could not com­ment on the cause of the blaze but po­lice later deemed the fire not sus­pi­cious.

He re­minded res­i­dents to en­sure their homes were fire safe.

“Make sure that you have work­ing fire alarms in your house,” Mr Pear­son said.

“They’re go­ing to give you the ear­li­est warn­ing if you have a fire and give you the best chance of get­ting out of the house.”

Friends of the fam­ily have set up a Go­FundMe page with the aim of rais­ing $20,000 for the mother and her three chil­dren.

Photo: Matt Tay­lor

FRI­DAY FIRE: A house in Brunke St was con­sumed by flames yes­ter­day af­ter a fire started in a rear bed­room. INSET: Fire of­fi­cer Si­mon Pear­son.

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