& # 39; We heard shouts & # 39 ;: the Bondi family escaped with their lives after their homes were intentionally set on fire – as police search for arsonist
- Neighbors were awakened from yelling from a house in North Bondi during a fire
- Emergency services called at 12.30 pm at the address in Stewart Street
- Two adults and three children escaped the fire and were not injured
- Fire was extinguished by firefighters, but the house suffered & # 39; major damage & # 39;
Neighbors were awakened by screams after a house in North Bondi was set on fire in the middle of the night.
Emergency services were called to the address in Stewart Street on Monday at 12.30 pm following reports of a fire.
The family of five, including a nine-year-old girl and six-year-old twin boys, were forced to flee their home as the fire spread quickly around the house.
The family of five, including a nine-year-old girl and six-year-old twin boys, were forced to flee their home as the fire spread quickly around the house
Emergency services were called to Stewart Street at around 12:30 pm after reports that the house was OK & # 39; used to be
& # 39; My husband and I woke up to the sound of people yelling and crying for help & # 39 ;, neighbor Samantha Skinner told me 7News.
& # 39; I couldn't tell where it came from, but my daughter looked out of her bedroom window and saw smoke and flames at the end of the street, so we called triple 0 and came running down, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It was certainly a bit of a shock. & # 39;
The fire started in a tree and then spread to the roof of the house.
The fire was extinguished by firefighters but the house suffered & # 39; major damage & # 39 ;, police said Monday.
The police are hunting the arsonist who, according to them, has lit two fires.
Furniture on the sidewalk in the next street was also set on fire.
& # 39; The family actually had to be rescued from the back of the house by emergency services & # 39;
& # 39; We currently treat those fires as connected & # 39 ;, detective inspector Michael Egan-Hirst told reporters.
& # 39; As you can see, there was a lot of damage, there was clearly a significant risk to the family & he said.
& # 39; The family actually had to be rescued from the back of the house by emergency services. & # 39;
CCTV recordings of the incident show that a person was on his way to the house around the time the fire was lit.
Officers from the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command established a crime scene and started an investigation.
Anyone with information is requested to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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