A home has been destroyed by a fire in Corndale overnight. Photo: NSW RFS - Alphadale Brigade
A home has been destroyed by a fire in Corndale overnight. Photo: NSW RFS - Alphadale Brigade

100-year-old home destroyed in 'devastating' fire

Irreplaceable family memorabilia and personal belongings have been destroyed along with a 100-year-old home after a devastating fire on the Northern Rivers.

Dunoon Rural Fire Brigade captain Mike Berry said firefighters were woken from their beds about 3am after a close neighbouring property called Triple-0 when they heard a bang in the early hours of Sunday morning and saw the timber building alight.

It is understood the home was one on a 100-acre Corndale property and the roof had already collapsed when crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service's Dunoon, Tullera and Alphadale stations arrived.

"The house was on the ground when we got there," Capt Berry said.

"Unfortunately with these old timber houses - it doesn't take them long to go.

"It's just devastating for the home-owner, he not only lost his house but all his things and grandfather's memorabilia."

Capt Berry said the four RFS trucks and one NSW Fire and Rescue truck from Lismore could see the flames before even pulling up at the Dorroughby Rd address about 3.30am.

After some initial trouble finding on-site water, firefighters were able to draw from a 20,000L water tank at the property.

The house's occupant was not home at the time.

Police, paramedics and a team from Essential Energy also attended the blaze.

Capt Berry said the hot roofing iron on top of the home debris made it difficult to know if the fire was completely out but crews would continue to return and monitor the site to cool it down.


INITIAL REPORT: A Northern Rivers home has been destroyed in a fire overnight when the roof collapsed.

Rural fire crews could see the well-alight blaze before arriving at the scene on Dorroughby Rd, Corndale north of Lismore just before 3.30am today.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said initial reports indicated the building was timber with an iron roof and thought to be more than 100 years old.

It is understood a neighbour was woken by a bang to see the house on fire and called Triple-0.

Three RFS crews including Dunoon, Tullera, Alphadale attended along with one crew from Lismore Fire and Rescue Service.

The RFS spokesman said to start with firefighters had an issue with water supply to fight the blaze but eventually found water onsite.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed no patients were treated.

About 5am this morning, crews were stood down and returned at 9am to continue cooling down the site.