Mermaid Beach cafe burns in deliberately lit fire

A Mermaid Beach cafe has been destroyed and neighbouring businesses damaged during an early morning fire.

Crews rushed to the Lavarack Road building around 2am on Saturday to find the blaze well involved.

It’s believed the fire started in the cafe and spread to other businesses, causing extensive damage to the building.

No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

Police have declared the fire suspicious and set up a crime scene with forensic officers to investigate.

Baby perishes as mum and kids are trapped in horror house fire

A one-year-old girl has tragically died and her mother and three-year-old brother are being treated for burns after the family became trapped in a horror house fire in southern New South Wales.

Emergency services raced to the three-storey unit block on Mowatt Street in Queanbeyan’s East at around 2.45pm on Monday to find flames shooting out of windows from a unit on the second floor.

The situation rapidly escalated into a dramatic rescue mission after authorities learned that a mother and her two small children were still inside the room, surrounded by flames and unable to get out.

The 22-year-old woman and her three-year-old son were eventually plucked to safety from a burning balcony.

Both mother and son are believed to have been burnt in the blaze.

Neighbour Kenny Cameron recalled to 7 News the frantic moment he tried to save the woman and her two children, but was forced back by fierce flames and clouds of toxic smoke.

He told 7 News he was forced to watch on in horror as they woman tried to escape.

“She was screaming at me,” Kenny told 7 News. “I tried to help her find her baby, but I couldn’t open the door up. There was just that much black toxic smoke.”
“She looked out the window and (the fire) just exploded and it come towards her.”

It’s understood the woman suffered serious burns to a large portion of her body, while her three-year-old son escaped with less serious injuries.

Both were rushed to Canberra Hospital.

Tragically, fire fighters found the body of the woman’s one-year-old daughter inside the unit after the fire had been extinguished.

A crime scene was established at the address while investigations into the cause of the fire were carried out.

Three police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

NSW fire fighter arrested, accused of deliberately starting bushfires

A NSW fire fighter has been arrested and charged with deliberately lighting several bushfires across the state’s Hunter region.

Arson detectives investigating more than 100 bushfires in the Cessnock area between August 2015 and April this year arrested the 20-year-old probationary member of the NSW Rural Fire Service at the scene of a fire at Lochinvar around 2pm on Thursday.

Following a search of the young man’s vehicle, which was also found at the scene, investigators allegedly found accelerants and a number of mobile phones which the man is thought to have used to alert authorities to the fires in which he had started.

The man was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with five counts of causing a fire and being reckless to its spread and trespass.

He was refused bail and due to appear in court yesterday (Friday).

Gold Coast man injured in unit fire

A man is being treated for burns to his hands after a fire broke out at a unit in Labrador.

The blaze sparked in one of a block of eight units on Gordon Street at around 6:45pm on Tuesday night.

It is believed a man who lived inside the burning unit raised the alarm, while other residents also had to be evacuated from the building near Labrador State School.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, but it is not considered suspicious.

Suspicious blaze under investigation on the Tweed

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen a fire break out on railway tracks on the New South Wales north coast on Saturday.

The blaze, reported at around 2:15am, happened along the Tweed Valley Way in Murwillumbah.

Homes in the area were evacuated and Fire & Rescue NSW officers extinguished the flames shortly after they arrived.

A crime scene has been set up and investigators say they believe the fire was deliberately lit.