Dampier home, vehicles destroyed by fire

Alicia PereraPilbara News
The inside of the gutted property.
Camera IconThe inside of the gutted property. Credit: Go Fund Me

A Dampier family has lost their home and several vehicles in a devastating house fire that is estimated to have caused about half a million dollars damage.

The home was completely gutted in the huge blaze that started in the early hours of this morning and spread to destroy a car, boat and four quad bikes.

The family of eight and their pet dog were able to escape the house without injury.

Volunteer firefighters from Dampier and Karratha attended the scene and extinguished the fire after about three-and-a-half hours.

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Dampier Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Captain Stephan Bulla said the fire had been difficult to battle, with the house becoming “fully engulfed” by flames 20 minutes after firefighters arrived.

Police have estimated the total cost of the damage to be about $500,000.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Karratha Detectives Senior Sergeant Carlos Correia said at this stage detectives believed the blaze had been started by an electronic device in the living room, but further investigation would be required before a cause could be confirmed.

It is believed Rio Tinto has provided the family with accommodation and local supermarkets are providing food.

The old kindergarten room at Dampier Primary School will also be open until 6pm tonight for people to drop off basic items the family can use, such as clothing, toiletries and school supplies, and is expected to re-open in coming days.

A Go Fund Me page set up to help the family had raised almost $12,000 in eight hours at time of print.

Dampier Community Association president Gill Furlong said it was a “devastating” situation for the tight-knit family, but the Dampier community was rallying to support them.

“It’s awful, it’s a tragedy really,” she said.

“Thank god everyone is safe and nobody was injured.”

For more information about how to help, contact the DCA.

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