Fire fighters held at bay with axe as house burns

A man who threatened fire fighters with an axe as his house burned down has been arrested on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Emergency services were called to a house on fire in Alexander Road at Whale Beach around 2am on Friday.

When fire fighters began to hose the burning building down they were confronted by a man wielding an axe.


They backed off and called for backup.

Police arrived and arrested the man who was taken to Chatswood Police Station.

By the time they were able to start fighting the fire again it was too late and the weatherboard house was destroyed.

A crime scene has been established and investigations into the cause of the blaze are continuing.

In an unrelated fire  a man is being treated for smoke inhalation after his home was destroyed at Avalon overnight.

The three storey house on Avalon Parade was well alight when fire fighters arrived about 10.30pm on Thursday.

A man, believed to be aged in his 70s, had escaped the blaze and was taken to Mona Vale Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined.