A BELMONT man lost his house in a fire ignited by a torch he was using to get rid of a swarm of bees on Thursday.
Vernon Niles sustained burns to his back and neck as he ran from the burning house at Belmont Circular Road.
Niles, a man in his 60's, had lived in the house since he was a child.
A distraught Niles told reporters that at around midday he had attempted to eradicate the bees underneath his house using a torch.
However, as the bees tried to attack him, he dropped the flame and ran.
Vernon Niles sits on the pavement outside his burnt house at Belmont on Thursday. Photo: JASON SHIELDS
The concrete and wooden structure was destroyed despite the efforts of fire officers from the Belmont and Wrightson Road Fire Stations.
Losses were estimated at $100,000.
Niles was taken to hospital for treatment for the burns.