Owner in 80s fights house fire

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 24 April 2013 | 19.55

This Woodbridge home suffered extensive damage in a fire earlier today. Pictures: LUKE BOWDEN

THE elderly owner of Woodbridge home gutted by fire this morning tried to fight the blaze before emergency crews arrived.

Gerard Moon, aged in his 80s, was at his home in Llantwit Rd when the fire broke out just before 10.30am.

Seven fire crews were dispatched to the address but it was too late to save the property from substantial damage.

The family, well-known in the local area, had rallied around Mr Moon, his son Michael said.

"Everyone's fine and it's a close knit family and area, so we'll be OK," he said.

Fire investigators remained onsite tonight, working to determine the cause of the fire.

The Tasmania Fire Service says the blaze destroyed at least a third of the large weatherboard home, with damage estimated at about $400,000.

Michael Moon said his father had been fighting the fire when TFS crews arrived.

He was examined at the scene for smoke inhalation before being given the all-clear.

"We don't know what caused the fire at this stage and we'll have to wait and see," he said.

It was the second major house fire in the state's south this week.

On Monday night, a Sandy Bay rental property occupied by Triple J Unearthed favourite Ben Wells burned down with his band gear inside.

The blaze happened just five days before Wells and his band, the Middle Names, were due to record their debut album.

The cause of that fire remains under investigation.

The TFS has renewed a plea for all Tasmanians to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted as the state heads into peak house fire season.

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