#UK Northwood fireplace: CCTV of the blaze that destroyed a $24MILLION Sydney mansion shows shadowy figure #UKnews
A ferocious blaze that destroyed a $24million heritage-listed mansion is believed to have been intentionally lit – with investigators acquiring CCTV displaying a figure working from the home.
The fireplace broke out at the harbour-front dwelling at 62 Cliff Road in Northwood, on Sydney’s unique decrease north shore, simply after 11pm on Saturday.
Detectives from the North Shore Area Command and the Financial Crimes Squad’s arson unit have been in the space on Monday, talking to neighbours and attempting to work out what occurred.
The investigation has uncovered CCTV from a neighbouring property which shows a shadowy figure working from the route of the home shortly after the blaze broke out.
Pictured: The charred stays of 62 Cliff Rd in Northwood, in Sydney’s decrease North Shore
The dwelling was in-built 1915 and featured a tennis court docket, a boat home and its personal cellar, and used to belong to journey business pioneer Mary Rossi, her husband Theo and their ten youngsters.
When Mrs Rossi died, her household have been reluctant to promote it, however finally it was offered to their subsequent door neighbours – fund supervisor ‘Owen’ Ouyang Chen and his spouse Xiao Hong Li.
Mr Chen – who was out strolling his canine on Monday – spoke to investigators and is known to have been instructed that police are treating the fireplace as intentionally lit.
Detectives additionally seized Mr Chen’s cell phone as they attempt to piece collectively occasions main as much as fireplace.
Daily Mail Australia will not be suggesting Mr Chen had something to do with the blaze at his home.
Neighbour Owen Chen speaks to police as he took his canine for a stroll on Monday (pictured)
The home (pictured, earlier than the fireplace) was in-built 1915 and offered final 12 months for $24million
In August, about three months earlier than the dwelling was offered, Mr Chen lodged a growth software with Lane Cove Council requesting permission to demolish his home and rebuild with a $5million four-storey mansion with a swimming pool.
The proposal was rejected in October for a vary of causes to do with the immense dimension of the construct, together with having ‘an unacceptable affect on the heritage’ home subsequent door.
In the growth software, Mr Chen mentioned he wished to construct a greater dwelling for his youngsters and different family members.
When that was rejected, he put in a modified proposal in July this 12 months, which additionally drew objections from neighbours.
It will not be urged the growth software had something to do with the fireplace, merely that it’s the current historical past of the avenue.
Firefighters raced to the burning mansion (pictured) at about 11pm on Saturday night time
Pictured: An artist’s impression of Mr Chen’s proposal, subsequent door to the heritage-listed 62 Cliff Rd (left)
Despite the greatest efforts of two vans and 50 firefighters, the home was gutted by the enormous fireplace, which broke out on Saturday night time.
Mrs Rossi, a TV pioneer and journey enterprise proprietor, lived there till she handed away at the age of 95 in 2021 having raised her children in the home with Theo, who died in 2010.
‘It’s humorous seeing it written up in the media as a mansion,’ mentioned Emma Rossi, 55, who was the ninth-born of the clan and works as a communications guide.
‘We by no means thought of it as a mansion, it was simply a dwelling.
‘It was a dwelling you walked in and simply bought this sense of love the minute you walked in the entrance door. It was palpable.
Pictured: Mr Chen’s home at 60 Cliff Road, Northwood. He lodged an software to demolish it and rebuild
Police scoured the space on Monday, talking with neighbours and attempting to get an concept of what occurred
‘It’s the finish of an period. That’s for certain.’
Mary lived in the home till the finish of her life and Emma mentioned she was stored up with fashionable TV viewing to entertain her 40-odd grandchildren.
‘All the grandkids, together with my very own, used to like going up and spending the night time along with her and consuming Maltesers and watching Game of Thrones,’ Emma instructed Daily Mail Australia.
Neighbours instructed Daily Mail Australia the Rossi household had a difficulty with Mr Chen’s growth proposal
The final main household gathering at the home was in December, as the sale contract was being settled.
‘We had a very lengthy desk alongside that beautiful verandah and all the household have been there,’ Emma mentioned.
‘There have been near 100 individuals and all of us needed to get up and say a few issues.
‘It was simply hilarious and nice enjoyable. It was a very becoming farewell, particularly now that we’ve got misplaced the home.’
Emma Rossi, who’s second from the proper, with different members of her household at the dwelling in Northwood, which has been destroyed by fireplace