fire fighters

Finding out about Firefighters

• Local residents were able to meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention at the Condo Fire Station Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day at Renown Park last Saturday. A range of free activities were on offer, including firefighting trucks, a barbecue and fire safety presentations. Firefighters were also be able to provide advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms, and preparing a home fire escape plan. ABOVE: Kade Haworth (sitting) had a great time learning more about the Condo Fire Station with Mark Phillips and Michael Fyfe. MB/Photograph by Kathy Parnaby.

Wasted: Tip up in smoke

 

The Condobolin Rubbish Tip caught fire last Friday afternoon, starting a huge blaze which created a thick stream of black smoke visible all across town.

• Fire fighter John Small fighting the ferocious blaze which started at the Condobolin Rubbish Tip on Friday. LP

The Condobolin Rubbish Tip caught fire last Friday afternoon, starting a huge blaze which created a thick stream of black smoke visible all across town.

• The Fire Brigade working to contain the fire to the Green Waste pile. LP

By Lara Pearce

The Condobolin Rubbish Tip caught fire last Friday afternoon, starting a huge blaze which created a thick stream of black smoke visible all across town.

The fire, which started shortly before 1pm on 7 November, lit up in the green waste section. Two fire trucks were on the scene by 1pm to contain the blaze, which began spreading to the surrounding grassland.

Work Health and Safety Officer Syed Farhat Ali from the Lachlan Shire Council was on the scene to assess the damage. He said that no one was present when the fire started and it is not currently known how it started or what initially caught alight.

“In summer when it is hot, it can happen at any time – sometimes it is unavoidable,” he said.

He also noted that while the polluted smoke can pose a health risk, this should be minimal in this case because there are no houses nearby.

Men charged over Commonwealth Bank blow up

Two years after the event, two people have been charged over blowing up the Commonwealth Bank ATM machine and are due to appear in court within days.

• There was not much left of the Commonwealth Bank ATM on Bathurst Street in August 2012 by the time the local Fire Brigade succeeded in putting out the inferno. KP

By Lara Pearce

Two years after the event, two people have been charged over blowing up the Commonwealth Bank ATM machine and are due to appear in court within days.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday 23 August 2012, the same weekend as the Condobolin Show that year.

Two men, now aged 31 and 24 years old, will appear in court on Tuesday 2 September.

At the time the incident occurred, Duty Officer for Lachlan Local Area Command Inspector David Cooper said that it appeared that a gas bottle was used by the offenders to try and blow up the ATM.

“In doing so, [the offenders] caused severe damage to the ATM and interior of the bank,” he said.

The Condobolin fire brigade was called to the scene and succeeded in extinguishing the blaze, but not before a sizable hole was burnt in the wall, causing extensive damage to the inside of the building and turning the ATM into not much more than a few bits of scrap metal.

Later the same day, a police forensic team attended the bank to observe the damage.

Lake Cargelligo teenager refused bail for school fire

A sixteen-year-old boy charged with lighting the fire at Lake Cargelligo Central School in the early hours of Sunday morning will remain locked up until his next court appearance on Monday, 30 June.

The destroyed school building at Lake Cargelligo Central School following Sunday morning’s fire, which police say was deliberately lit. The building was used as a Year 12 common room and classroom. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

A sixteen-year-old boy charged with lighting the fire at Lake Cargelligo Central School in the early hours of Sunday morning will remain locked up until his next court appearance on Monday, 30 June.

The boy appeared in court in Wagga Wagga on Monday, where he was refused bail and the case was adjourned to Dubbo Children’s Court next week.

The fire, which police believe was lit at around 3:15am on Sunday morning, destroyed one school building and scorched another on Canada Street in Lake Cargelligo. However, the damage – estimated at $200,000 – could have been a lot worse.

Fire-fighters were rushed to the scene, where they managed to save the second building and prevent the fire from reaching a nearby LPG tank which, if ignited, would have exploded, causing a disaster of far greater proportions.

The teenager was arrested when he returned to the scene of the fire at 7am on Sunday morning. He has also been charged with five other offences, including two counts of breaking, entering and theft, after police investigating the fire were alerted to reported break-ins at a licensed club and the swimming pool.

The Department of Education refused to comment on whether the boy was a student at the school, but noted that the school was operating as normal on Monday. “Teaching and learning at the school is continuing as normal,” said Grant Hatch, a spokesperson from the Department of Education.

“The staff at the school should be commended for their exceptional efforts in limiting the impact of the fire on the students’ learning and well-being.”

The destroyed building housed the Year 12 Common Room and high school classrooms for science and technology and applied science. The Department said a demountable building will be moved to the school soon, with classes temporarily being allocated to other classrooms.

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