Blaze destroys home, kills cat I PHOTOS

A CAT was killed and a house was gutted by a blaze that erupted at a family home in Noorla Street in Griffith in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Fire crews from Griffith and Yenda were called to the fire about 6.30am, and forced entry through the front and rear doors of the building.

Fire inspector Rick Jones said eight firefighters attended the blaze and contained the fire to the front area of the house and one bedroom.

Nobody was at home at the time, but in the bathroom fire crews found a cat that had died from smoke inhalation.

Mr Jones said the fire was being treated as suspicious and was still under investigation by detectives from Griffith police.

It is believed the blaze started in two different places inside the house.

Griffith police Detective Inspector Paul Smith said circumstances surrounding the incident were under investigation.

He said a 16-year-old boy from Griffith was assisting police with their enquiries and detectives were working closely with crime scene investigators.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE, Monday 9am:

A 16-year-old teenager has been charged in relation to the fire.

He was remanded in custody and is due to face the Wagga Children's Court today.