Vehicle torched in early morning attack outside West Albury house

NEIGHBOURS have helped save the occupants of a home after a car was torched at the front entry.

The early-model red Mitsubishi Magna was gutted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to the incident on Waratah Crescent in West Albury about 4am.

Neighbours were forced to run into the building to help those inside, with the main entry blocked by flames.

No one was injured in the incident, but the car was completely destroyed.

Firefighters had feared the flames would spread to the home, which was about two metres away, but the fire was contained.

Investigators returned to the destroyed Lawry Street home on Monday, following the fire at 4pm the previous day.

Rhonda-Lee O’Neill, 56, was taken to hospital after the house was engulfed by flames.

Her two housemates also fled the property.

Rhonda-Lee’s brother, Bill Martin, said she had stayed in hospital overnight. 

“She’s alive,” Mr Martin said. 

“That’s the main thing.

“She’s had two strokes since Christmas, so that doesn’t help matters. 

“She’s really stressed, she’s been through a lot, a lot of trauma.” 

Mr Martin is trying to help his sister find a temporary home following her release from hospital.