‘Fierce fire’ destroys Kooringal home, igniting suspicion

Destroyed: A Kooringal home has burnt to the ground in "suspicious" circumstances and Wagga police ask anyone with information to come forward. Picture: Neighbour

Destroyed: A Kooringal home has burnt to the ground in "suspicious" circumstances and Wagga police ask anyone with information to come forward. Picture: Neighbour

Police are treating a fierce fire as suspicious after a Kooringal home burnt to the ground on Tuesday morning. 

The home on Tinga Crescent was left gutted following what was an emotional morning, according to Wagga police. 

Emergency services arrived at the scene after 6.20am to find smoke spilling from the house. 

Wagga police and highway patrol officers forced entry into the premises but were unable to sweep for residents due to the intensity of the heat and smoke.

Turvey Park firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, fortunately discovering no one had been inside.

Station officer Jason McDonnell members battled the “fierce fire conditions” and conducted a search and rescue while the roof collapsed around them. 

“The house was unable to be saved,” Mr McDonnell said. “It was totally destroyed.”

A canine, left outside overnight, was uninjured and returned to the owners. 

Acting inspector Nick Brunyee said due to suspicious circumstances, the fire was being investigated detectives. He said inspectors hoped to find a point of ignition on Tuesday afternoon. 

He said officers were following a number of inquiries but there was speculation of a riff between the landlord and tenants.

“It was emotional for everyone involved,” Inspector Nick Brunyee said.

“The landlords have lost their premises and hours of renovations and the tenants still had property at the residence.” 

Wagga police are calling anyone with information to come forward. 

Destroyed: A Kooringal home has burnt to the ground in "suspicious" circumstances and Wagga police are appealing for information. Picture: Neighbour Catherine Harris

Destroyed: A Kooringal home has burnt to the ground in "suspicious" circumstances and Wagga police are appealing for information. Picture: Neighbour Catherine Harris

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