11 September 2019

Batehaven women charged with domestic violence following house fire

| Ian Campbell
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Fire destroyed the building on Peter Cresent, Batehaven. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 384 Moruya.

Fire destroyed the building on Peter Crescent, Batehaven. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 384 Moruya.

A Batehaven woman has been charged with domestic violence following a building fire late Saturday night.

Police report that at about 10.40 pm (July 20), emergency services were called to Peter Crescent, Batehaven with reports that a residential building was on fire.

Officers from South Coast Police District arrived to find a distressed 45-year-old male with injuries to the right side of his head, believed to have occurred before to the fire. He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

A 55-year-old woman was conveyed to hospital with possible smoke inhalation.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze; however, the building was destroyed. Rural Fire Service volunteers from Batemans Bay and Surf Beach also attended.

Neighbouring properties were not evacuated.

The occupants of the second unit within the building escaped the blaze uninjured.

The site was handed back to police at around 1:30 am and a crime scene was established.

On Sunday, when the woman left hospital she was charged with two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm. She was served with an apprehended domestic violence order and will appear before Batemans Bay Local Court on July 29.

It is believed the fire started in the bedroom of one of the two units, however, the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Investigations continue.

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