A woman is unaccounted for and a man is in hospital after a house was destroyed by fire on the NSW South Coast.
A man woke to find smoke filling his bedroom at a Tura Beach home about 12.30am on Christmas Day and called emergency services.
The man told police officers that the couple he was visiting were still inside the home.
Officers found a 67-year-old man on the floor and helped him outside, but the fire became too intense for them to search any further.
Fire crews arrived shortly after and brought the fire under control, but the scene remained too dangerous for emergency services to enter, a police spokeswoman said.
A search of the scene for the woman to be started early in the morning.
The cause of the fire has not been established, and fire investigators were on their way to the town early monday morning to start their inquiries.