Denmark home in ruins despite fireys’ best efforts

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
The fire destroyed the home.
Camera IconThe fire destroyed the home. Credit: Pictures: GWN7, GWN7

A fire has destroyed a home in Denmark but there was a silver lining among the devastation — the owners’ pet cat survived.

Fire crews were called to the home on Mt Shadforth Road just before 9pm on Sunday.

No one was home at the time.

More than nine crews fought the blaze, which took about two hours to get under control and caused an estimated $350,000 damage.

Albany fire investigation officer Rob Lake said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

“I returned to the scene this morning (Monday) to review what was going on there and to do some fire investigations,” he said.

“We are trying to determine the area of origin and the source of the ignition for the fire.

“We are still working with police.

“The fire is not suspicious but at this stage, the cause is still undetermined.”

Mr Lake said there was also minor damage to a neighbouring home.

He praised the efforts of firefighters.

“When I arrived last night, Denmark and Albany brigades were on site,” he said.

“They had the fire contained to the building but it was still fully engulfed.

“The house was fully engulfed and the flames coming out of the roof; extensive flames and smoke. The house is totally destroyed.”

He said the homeowners were found in Albany.

“The owners were out,” Mr Lake said.

“They had left earlier in the evening and police were able to locate them in Albany and escort them back to Denmark.

“There was a good news story — the owners’ cat was located this morning.

“It was found a little stressed out but returned to the owners.”

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