Bridge burns down

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAS­SIVE fire in Did­cot threat­ened houses and burned an his­toric rail­way bridge last week.

The bridge burned for more than a week, as flames were fanned by un­pre­dictable winds and Did­cot re­quired sup­port from fire­fight­ers from mul­ti­ple towns.

The dense scrub and bush­land made it dif­fi­cult to con­tain.

Did­cot fire war­den Jeff Ber­rie said crews strug­gled to keep up with the fast-mov­ing fire un­til help ar­rived.

“It came down the moun­tain with force and took us by sur­prise,” Mr Ber­rie said.

More than 30 fire­fight­ers from Cooringa, Dallarnil and Biggen­den came to as­sist.

“Thank God they turned up, Did­cot would have been in real trou­ble,” he said.

“It got fairly close to the Forster Homestead ... and burned down the Stone Creek rail­way bridge.”

In­spec­tor Tony John­stone from Ru­ral Fire Op­er­a­tions told the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times “the fire fol­lowed the long grass along the rail­way tracks”.

Biggen­den His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Chris­tine Holder said the bridge was more than 100 years old. The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “We are look­ing into all the burns in the Bur­nett and re­view­ing what has gone wrong,” Insp John­stone said.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

BURN­ING BRIDGE: Fire de­stroyed the his­toric Stone Creek bridge at Did­cot.

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