Ferocious fire damages neighbouring homes on Sydney's Northern Beaches - Balgowlah

Published: 08 May 2023 10:18am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is investigating a fire which destroyed a home and damaged another on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

More than 50 FRNSW firefighters, and 12 fire trucks, responded to the blaze on Seaview Street, Balgowlah, just after 2am.

A two-storey house, as well as a detached garage, a shed and a caravan, were quickly engulfed by flames.

The fire then spread to a neighbouring home, causing significant damage.

The occupants of both properties made it outside before the fire took hold.

No injuries have been reported from this incident.

FRNSW's Fire Investigation and Research Unit (FIRU) is working to establish the cause of the fire, which at this stage is not considered suspicious.

Experts are reminding everyone to consider fire safety in their own homes as the state endures a 'cold snap' and people seek out ways to keep themselves and their families warm.

FRNSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said a fire can take hold in just three minutes, yet it only takes seconds to prevent one.

"First and foremost, every home must have working smoke alarms, that are less than ten years old, installed on all levels," Supt Dewberry said.

"FRNSW also recommends that, if people in the home sleep with their bedroom doors shut, they fit an extra alarm in their rooms.

"With the community pulling out their winter appliances we also want people to take the time to check the operation of their electric blankets, heaters and clothes dryers."

More information, including a home fire safety checklist, is available on the FRNSW website: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=879 [external link]

EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional images related to this incident are accessible via the FRNSW website.

Updated: 08 May 2023 10:23am

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