Blaze destroys family home


A young pregnant woman and her partner had a lucky escape from a suspicious house fire in the Perth suburb of Westminster this morning.

Four fire crews from Osborne Park, Duncraig and Malaga were called to the Amberley Way home at 4.35am. The fire was put out by about 7am, but the Department of Fire and Emergency Services estimated it would cost $300,000 to make the house liveable again.

Owner Phillip O’Neill said he was grateful his pregnant granddaughter and her partner were safe.

“Renae was extremely shaken up about the incident and has been taken to her mother’s house to recover,” Mr O’Neill said.

House Fire

Osborne Park Fire Station officer Frank Martinelli said he arrived at the burning house minutes after the residents had fled. Mr Martinelli said the house was engulfed in flames and smoke.

“The fire started in the front bedroom and quickly spread to the second bedroom and the porch,” he said.

“We managed to extinguish the fire by 6.47am, but the house will still need to be demolished due to the extensive damage.”


One neighbour said he had slept through the incident and thought the sound of sirens early this morning was coming from their television.

He said he was shocked when he saw the house had been destroyed and was glad no one was hurt.

A DFES spokesman said the fire was being treated as suspicious and the arson squad would investigate.

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