Blaze high­lights phone re­cep­tion is­sue

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

A TRUCK fire’s heat was so in­tense the trailer’s alu­minium shell melted.

The B-dou­ble truck, car­ry­ing ply­wood, caught fire near Blair­more, south of Ban Ban Springs last Thurs­day.

The driver was un­harmed but the blaze needed two fire trucks from Gayn­dah and one truck from Biggenden to bring it un­der con­trol.

Gayn­dah State Emer­gency Ser­vices con­troller David Wil­son said the truck caught fire about 6am.

How­ever poor mo­bile phone re­cep­tion in the area caused delays re­port­ing the in­ci­dent.

“It looks like the bear­ings over­heated and caught fire,” MrWil­son said. “The bi­tu­men has all melted; it’s melted all the top of the roof.

“That was all alu­minium and that has com­pletely melted away.”

A sec­tion of the Bur­nett Hwy was sin­gle lane for most of the day as SES re­spon­ders waited for a tow truck to ar­rive from Nam­bour to re­move the wreck­age.

The in­ci­dent high­lights a se­ri­ous need for im­prove­ment in our re­gion’s mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd ad­dressed par­lia­ment on Mon­day on the need to im­prove the com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

“Two dev­as­tat­ing floods in three years have shown us that our com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work in Flynn is sim­ply not good enough,” he said.

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