Bonville and Boambee RFS crews respond to fire in North Bonville Rd.
Bonville and Boambee RFS crews respond to fire in North Bonville Rd. Trevor Veale

Police launch investigation into suspicious fire

UPDATE: POLICE from Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command have launched an investigation into a fire at Bonville.

Police stated the fire at the golf course, on North Bonville Rd, was suspicious.

The premises was believed to have been unoccupied.

Early reports suggest a vehicle was seen leaving the vicinity of the fire around midnight.

Police are urging anyone with information to phone Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or use Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

ORIGINAL: THE smell of smoke in the air quickly raised the alarm.

The call went in at 4.45am this morning and RFS crews from Bonville and Boambee, as well as the Mid North Coast Support Brigade, responded within minutes.

Arriving at the property in North Bonville Rd, Bonville fire-fighters found a derelict house engulfed in fire.

Taking immediate defensive action to contain the fire, reports confirm there were no people, animals or signs of recent occupation at the semi-rural property.

In just under an hour the fire was contained and at this stage the fire is not being treated as suspicious.