A modern two-storey home in Tumut was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Sunday.
Tumut Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene of the blaze at 4.10am on Sunday and found the house fully engulfed.
The Tumut firefighters were joined by units from Gundagai, Tumbarumba and later a Wagga stand-by unit; then a rehabilitation crew from Harden.
A Tumut Fire and Rescue spokesman said the main concern of the fire crews was ensuring there was nobody in the house.
“With some phone calls and investigation our fears were allayed,” he said.
“Fighting the fire was extremely difficult as the roof and the floor of the top story were
collapsing. There were gas cylinders popping, which was a bit of a concern. We had to adopt a lot of defensive techniques.”
There was also a parked car, which was also destroyed. It wasn’t until mid-morning that the fire was completely extinguished.
The cause of the fire is as yet unknown, and a forensics crew is investigating. A neighbour reported hearing “massive explosion” at 4am.