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GOLD COAST BUL­LETIN Mon­day, De­cem­ber 8, 2008

A SYD­NEY cou­ple counted their losses af­ter a blaze tore through their Mer­maid Beach hol­i­day home which one real es­tate agent es­ti­mates to be worth more than $7 mil­lion.

The beach­side home, part of Mil­lion­aires’ Row in Al­ba­tross Ave, went up in flames about 9.15pm on Satur­day.

The prop­erty was the hol­i­day home of Karl Morris, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ord Min­nett Lim­ited, and his wife Louise, who were based in Syd­ney.

It was ini­tially thought that a light­ning strike may have sparked the blaze, how­ever po­lice later re­vealed they were treat­ing the fire as sus­pi­cious.

The house was un­oc­cu­pied at the time of the fire.

Neigh­bours re­ported hear­ing two large cracks of light­ning

be­fore notic­ing flames com­ing from the house.

“There was a mas­sive bolt and the power was knocked out for about 10 or 15 sec­onds then the re­serve kicked in,’’ said neigh­bour Ryan Quin­li­van.

“Then an­other cou­ple of big bolts came through and it was all quiet for ages, then the next thing the sky was orange (with flames). “It went up so quick.

“Our mates were sit­ting at Burleigh hav­ing din­ner and they could see it from there.”

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