Man charged over ferocious Tweed Heads unit block blaze

A 23-year-old man has been charged with a string of offences after allegedly sparking a fire that ripped through a unit complex in Tweed Heads.

Police attended the Boundary Street unit block just before 11.00pm on Thursday following reports of a concern for welfare.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to a woman before noticing a fire in another unit.


Several fire crews rushed to the scene, while around 20 residents were forced to run for their lives as the flames took hold of the property.

Thankfully they managed to escape uninjured, however, eight police officers who assisted with the evacuation were treated for smoke inhalation, with four taken to hospital.

A man who jumped from a second storey balcony to escape the blaze was also hospitalised with minor injuries.

He has since been released and charged with nine offences including destroy or damage property, aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence, common assault and five counts of destroy or damage property with intention of endangering life.

The young man, who police say was known to them, was refused bail and is expected to appear at Ballina Local Court on Saturday.