Police have launched a fresh appeal for information into a house fire which killed a teenage boy.
Emergency services were called to a home in Macquarie Fields, in Sydney’s southwest, in the early hours of June 30 after smoke was seen billowing from a two-storey brick home.
The blaze was so ferocious that fire crews couldn’t get inside as flames rippled through the home.
Firefighters battled the blaze externally but by the time they could get inside to search the property, it was too late.
The occupants, a woman and her five children, were able to escape but the body of 14-year-old Tahma Teara-Jones, who was visiting the home, was found in an upstairs bedroom.
Camera IconTahma Teara-Jones died in the blaze. GoFundMe Credit: Supplied
Camera IconHis body was found in an upstairs bedroom. Supplied Credit: Supplied
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit are working under Strike Force Tedsa to investigate the suspicious blaze and are now re-appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Police will address the media later on Tuesday morning with more information.
Speaking to reporters at the time, NSW Police Campbelltown City Commander Superintendent Julian Griffiths said any potential links to an alleged brawl outside the house on the night of the fire would be investigated, but no charges had been laid.
“It’s a tragic event and we are treating this investigation with an open mind,” he said.
Flames consumed the home, sending thick smoke into the air and forcing people in neighbouring properties to flee.
FRNSW deputy commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell described the inferno as “very intense”.
He said two-metre flames were coming out of all the windows.
“They (fire crews) were made aware of reports of a missing person in the building. And yet despite their best efforts they just couldn’t enter the building due to the intensity of the fire at that time,” deputy commissioner Fewtrell said.
Camera IconThe blaze tore through the home. NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconFire crews had to battle the blaze externally. NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia
Earlier, a fundraiser was established to raise funds for Teara-Jones’s funeral.
“His death has left an impact on the whole community,” campaign creator Tristan Dunphy said.
“Fly high, taken too soon.”
A second fundraiser was also established to help the single mother and owner of the property that went up in flames.
“Overnight, the house of one of our friends – a single mum – has burned down. This beautiful family of seven has only recently been housed after being homeless for quite a long period, they have now lost everything,” organiser Paul Mackin wrote.
“We are putting a callout for our wonderful supporters to please help with donations. Let’s all dig deep and try to get this family back on track.”
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