Damage to the town of Rappville after fire tore through the region.
Damage to the town of Rappville after fire tore through the region. Marc Stapelberg

DOUBLE TRAGEDY: Bodies found in burnt out house

POLICE have located human remains at a home destroyed in the 'Long Gully Road' bushfire in Northern New South Wales.

Officers from Richmond Police District have been investigating the whereabouts of a 77-year-old man and 69-year-old woman from Coongbar, 70km south-west of Casino.

Last night (Wednesday October 9), NSW Police, RFS, NSW Fire and Rescue and SES personnel attended their home on Deadman Creek Road, Coongbar, and found it had been destroyed by fire.

This morning (Thursday October 10), NSW Police and specialist forensic officers returned to the home and, a short time ago, remains were located inside the property.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine identity and cause of death; however, the families of the missing man and woman are being kept apprised of developments by police.

The 'Long Gully Road' fire has been burning for more than a month; fire investigators have determined the blaze was caused by a lightning strike.

Hundreds of NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue crews have been battling two separate bushfires on Long Gully Road and Busbys Flat Road, Busbys Flat. The 'Busbys Flat' fire started last Friday (October 4).

If they haven't already done so, residents who live in the impacted areas should visit the Register.Find.Reunite website (https://register.redcross.org.au) and select 'Northern NSW Bushfires' to register their current location.

Members of the public are reminded to delay all non-essential travel in fire affected areas. Those who must enter the impacted area should be aware of dangers such as damaged powerlines and the possibility of asbestos in fire-damaged properties.


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