Unattended candle burns down house - Merewether

Published: 08 Aug 2022 12:38pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews have determined that a candle left unattended on a verandah caused a fire that destroyed a home in Newcastle yesterday.

Blown over by the wind, the candle set fire to a couch and the blaze quickly spread to the kitchen and loungeroom of the Caldwell Street home just after 8.33am.

The home's smoke alarms sounded and three people inside made it to the backyard where they were found by FRNSW crews and guided to safety.

Crews from seven fire trucks took less than an hour to contain the fire, which destroyed the single-storey house.

Fire and Rescue NSW is appealing all residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes.

Residents can contact their local fire station to book a home safety visit: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9316 [external link]

Firefighters can inspect your home, identify fire threats and install smoke alarms free of charge.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Stations nearby


39 Llewellyn Street, Merewether NSW 2291

NEWCASTLE Fire Station

44 Union Street, Newcastle NSW 2300


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