MORE DETAILS: Police investigate Ballina house fire
UPDATE, 8am: POLICE have announced they are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed the second floor of a home in Ballina n Saturday.
Richmond Police District said about 7am on Saturday morning, Ballina Police and NSW Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire in Norlyn Avenue, Ballina.
The occupants of the home were awoken by a sounding fire alarm and able to evacuate.
Residents of the two storey home and their neighbours are grateful to local emergency service workers for their quick response in evacuating nearby homes whilst the second floor fire was able to be contained and extinguished without delay.
An investigation has begun to determine the cause of the fire.
Original story: JUST after 7am on Saturday morning, Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to a house fire on Norlyn Avenue in Ballina.
Firefighters arrived to find a house fully involved in fire with signs of structural collapse evident.
Crews worked to knock the fire down and are now preventing damage to neighbouring buildings.
All occupants are accounted for.
Acting Superintendent, Scott Dodson from Fire and Rescue NSW, said it was a timely reminder for the community to develop their fire escape plan.
"Now is the time for residents to check they have a working smoke alarm and that all members of the family have an awareness of calling Triple Zero (000) in an emergency," he said.
The Ballina community is already rallying to help the residents, who have lost everything in the blaze.
Posting on Ballina Crime Reports, Leann Killmore wrote: "If anyone knows the family, please get them to contact BCR. We are here to help. Can organise immediate warm clothes.