Up in smoke

Firefighters attend Saturday evening’s house blaze in Broughton Street.

A man has been charged after a house in Broughton Street, Tumut, was destroyed by fire on Saturday.

Police arrested a 35-year-old man from Tumut on Monday and charged him with the offence of damaging property by fire.

He was bailed, and is scheduled to appear in the Tumut Local Court on November 12.

Tumut’s Fire and Rescue was called to the blaze at about 7pm on Saturday evening to find smoke billowing out of the residence.

Firefighters donned breathing apparatus and entered the house in search of any occupants.

Having ascertained there was no one in the house, firefighters quickly brought the fire under control in blustery conditions, which could have seen the fire spread had it burned outside the house.

It’s suspected the blaze began in the loungeroom area, before spreading to other rooms.

Most of the house was either fire-or smoke-affected, with only a small portion of a verandah spared.

A Fire and Rescue crew from Gundagai, as well as two Tumut RFS crews, arrived once the fire was under control. Mopping up activities continued for a number of hours.

The blaze was labelled as suspicious and a police forensics team was on site Sunday morning as the investigation into the cause of the fire commenced.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Tumut police.