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