Fire. A fire in Hellyer on Monday has completely destroyed an underinsured house and its contents.
Burnie Fire Brigade station officer David Homan said it seemed the house, that was owned by a mainlander and rented out, was not insured.
“We’re not sure if it’s insured or not. It appeared from speaking to the owner that it may not be,” he said.
He said the tenants of the property were insured for $30,000.
Mr Homan said people often underestimate their contents and house insurance. “People underestimate the cost of replacing goods,” he said. “Everything needs to be replaced, from a pair of socks to appliances.”
“Sometimes it can be difficult to put a value on contents.”
Mr Homan said he spent more than three hours yesterday morning investigating the scene with Tasmanian Police officer Dale Wyllie. “We’ve deemed the fire to be accidental.”
He said it appeared the occupants of the house had been burning cardboard in their wood heater when a log rolled out and lit a nearby combustable item, possibly packaging.
Mr Homan said people needed to think about what they put in and around their wood heaters.
Investigations are continuing.
At 2.30pm on Monday, the Hellyer Fire Brigade was alerted of the fire. The house was completed destroyed within an hour of the call.
The Hellyer Fire Brigade was backed up by units from Smithton and Stanley and relieved at 8pm by a Burnie unit who nursed the fire through the night, keeping a close eye on a neighbouring property.
Any denotable items can be dropped off at 33 Melaleuca Drive, Hellyer. The family required clothing sizes: girls size 00 and 0; boys size 3 and 4; and women’s size 22-24.