Man charged over historic house fire
POLICE have charged a man for the burning down of a historic house at Myocum over the weekend.
Emergency services were called to a house fire on Benloro Lane on Saturday to find the home totally engulfed by flames.
There were initial concerns that the resident/s could have been trapped, however these fears were lifted later after forensic examination of the scene.
The 100-year-old house was completely destroyed by the time the fire was extinguished, five hours later.
The damage caused has been estimated at $650,000 to repair, according to police.
After an investigation, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command arrested an 18-year-old Myocum man at a Byron Bay hostel yesterday.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and later charged with malicious damage by fire.
He was refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court today.