Family makes lucky escape from blaze
The Thornlie house destroyed by fire. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

A Forrestfield family were lucky to escape a blaze, one of three house fires in Perth last night.

A fire was sparked by an electrical fault in the laundry of the Tallerack Way property just after 1.30am.

The residents were home at the time, but they managed to wake up and flee to safety.

Firefighters arrived at 1.45am to find the residents safe outside, watching their house burn down.

The fire spread to the main bedroom and destroyed everything inside it, including the ceiling.

The blaze was under control by 2.40am but it had already caused $200,000 worth of damage.

Externally, there are a couple of small holes in the roof and some smoke damage, but inside the house, entire rooms are gutted.

Earlier in Thornlie, a man returned home to find his house completely destroyed by fire.

Fire crews were called to the Thornlie Avenue property about 11.10pm, but there was nothing they could do to save the house.

The damage was estimated at $350,000.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services fire investigation officer will inspect the rubble this morning in an attempt to determine the cause.

Finally, in the early hours of this morning, fire gutted an abandoned house in Morley.

It is unclear how much damage was done to the property.

A DFES spokesman said emergency authorities assumed the blaze was deliberately lit.

Anyone with information on any of the fires is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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