Rain extinguishes house fire, but removes evidence

By Adrienne Francis

Posted November 9, 2009 10:31:00

Police say heavy rain overnight proved to be both a help and a hindrance to their response to two incidents.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Darwin received 23 millimetres of rain since 9am yesterday morning - most of which fell overnight.

Duty Superintendent John Emeny says the rain helped put out a house fire on Macleod Road in Howard Springs.

He says officers were called to the vacant house after midnight but are not treating the fire as suspicious.

Separately, Superintendent Emeny says the overnight rain washed away scent that would have helped police detector dogs sniff out evidence at an unlawful entry.

"Two males of Aboriginal appearance unlawfully entered the Groove cafe at Nightcliff by smashing a glass door with a brick," he said.

He says alcohol and cash were taken.

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