LATEST: Humanitarian organisations in Ipswich are rushing to the aid of an Ebbw Vale father whose house was destroyed in a massive fire.

The fire was reported at about 12pm yesterday after police, who were patrolling the area, noticed smoke billowing out of the Green St residence.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they found the two-storey, timber house engulfed in flames.

Firefighters battled to contain the blaze and stopped it from spreading to other properties but were unable to save the house which was left in ruins.

The house was being lived in by Graeme Tudor and his family of seven children. None were there at the time of the fire.

A devastated Mr Tudor said he was "totally gutted" when police notified him of the incident.


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Mr Tudor's neighbour Robert Jensen said he was made aware of the fire after he heard "a loud explosion".

"I looked out the window and saw flames shooting out of the house," the 69-year-old said.

"By that stage the fire was so out of control that there was nothing I could do except grab the hose, wet my house and hope the flames didn't spread."

As police investigate what caused the fire, members of the Ipswich community have already started to offer their support to the displaced family.

Community Care Ipswich Fund treasurer Ann Grant said her organisation was keen help to out in any way it could.

The group of volunteers raise money at their charity shop in Kruger Shopping Village to donate to residents in need.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the Mayor's Community Fund would also start collecting donations for the family.


TUESDAY: A fire has destroyed a house in Ebbw Vale.

Smoke from the fire was spotted by police who were patrolling the area at about midday.

When they arrives at the property, they found the two-storey, timber house engulfed in flames.

Fire crews were immediately called to the property, located on Green St.

It is believed about five people lived at the home, but none where there at the time of the fire.

No other homes in the street were damaged by the fire.

Police will soon begin investigations into the cause of the fire.



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