Home destroyed

A home at Cantara Road, Smithton is expected to be demolished following a fire on Sunday night. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Emergency. A house fire at Cantara Road, Smithton has resulted in more than half a million dollars worth of damage.

Emergency services were alerted to the structural fire just after 6pm on Sunday night with Tasmania Fire Service units from Smithton, Stanley and Boat Harbour attending the scene.

Crews arrived to discover a large part of the residence alight and extinguished the blaze some time afterwards. 

One occupant was at home at the time and was uninjured in the ordeal.

Station officer Wayne Viney, of Burnie, says the fire appears to have started from a wood furnace installed in 1982.

“It appears, from our investigations, that the woodheater has been maintained but not well enough,” he said.

“The metal fire box has rusted and degraded over time which has allowed heat to penetrate through the fire box and impact on the wall behind.”

Mr Viney said the fire crept up the wall and into the roof space before the occupant was alerted to the danger.

While smoke alarms were installed and in working order, the occupant discovered the fire through a manhole in the rumpus room after investigating the cause of strange noises.

The blaze has caused an estimated $500,000 worth of damage. The home was insured and is expected to be demolished.

“It’s important to get the message out there that woodheaters require maintenance,” Mr Viney said.

“This appeared to be installed correctly and has been maintained however not well enough as it is an old unit and has degraded allowing the fire to escape.”

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