Punt goes up in flames but not all of its his­tory is lost

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - — David Booth

‘ Look­ing at the pho­tos of the fire on Face­book I thought it would be just a pile of ash. I was pleas­antly sur­prised in terms of ’ the (fire’s) im­pact

but fin­ished as­sess­ing the con­di­tion of the punt be­fore the fire.

Mr Booth in­spected the dam­age on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and said even af­ter the fire, it was likely plans to con­serve the struc­tural in­tegrity of the punt would con­tinue.

‘‘Look­ing at the pho­tos of the fire on Face­book I thought it would be just a pile of ash,’’ he said.

‘‘I was pleas­antly sur­prised in terms of the (fire’s) im­pact.’’

Mr Booth said he had spo­ken to Her­itage Vic­to­ria and would work closely with them and the Barmah com­mu­nity mov­ing for­ward.

‘‘Ex­tra con­sid­er­a­tion will now be given to sup­port­ing the struc­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘The punt deck was al­ready in poor con­di­tion last week and now the fire has just ex­posed what peo­ple couldn’t see un­der­neath.

Ros­tered duty of­fi­cer for CFA District 22 Peter Bell said five bri­gades were called out to the punt fire on Wed­nes­day at 5.59am but three were turned back.

‘‘At 6.17am we re­ceived a stop mes­sage so that’s how quick the Barmah crew got the fire un­der con­trol,’’ Mr Bell said.

‘‘Nathalia at­tended with a ther­mal imag­ing cam­era to pick up any hot spots un­der the deck.’’

In a quirk of cir­cum­stance, the po­si­tion­ing of the punt de­ter­mined whose author­ity the in­ci­dent came un­der.

‘‘It was on the Vic­to­rian side of the river but it was above the high tide wa­ter­mark so it’s a Vic­to­rian fire,’’ Mr Bell said.

‘‘If it was be­low the high tide wa­ter­mark, it would have been a NSW fire.’’

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire.

CON­SER­VA­TION PROJECT STILL POS­SI­BLE: De­spite the quick ac­tions of fire­fight­ers the Barmah punt was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged by fire on Wed­nes­day.

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