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Another house fire at Wellington
POLICE investigations are continuing into a blaze at a home in Wellington’s Walker Crescent last Saturday, September 7.
The fire was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW but unfortunately the house was partially destroyed – thankfully the home’s occupants weren’t in the house at the time the fire started.
Police commenced an investigation into the incident and wish to speak with three children aged between eight and 10 years old who were seen near the house earlier in the day.
There was a separate house fire in the town last month.
My ute window smashed
NO thanks to the scum who hurled a brick through my ute window on Saturday night. My ute is normally parked in a locked and secured driveway on the weekends, but unfortunately not this time.
The force of the throw was so great that the brick damaged the door handle on the other side of the car.
I had valuable tools in the ute and other gear, but nothing was taken, leading to many comments that it was a targeted attack.
It’s pretty small potatoes in the scheme of things, but in an incredibly busy week I’m seething at the fact that I have to spend a lot of wasted time so I can get it fixed to go to Sydney on the weekend. If the aim was to cause me to lose many hours, as well as the dollars it’s cost me to fix it up, you’ve done your duty for the devil.
I’ve got eight CCTV cameras covering the house, including out the front, I’m just waiting for someone more digitally-minded to get the vision off that system so I can give it to the police.
A far greater problem than mine
THE damage to my ute is really just a blip on the radar compared to what Emily Bruce and her partner have gone through this week – their ute was torched last Friday.
Emily told me that at about 3am to 3.30am, she heard some noises outside her house and the dogs were going off.
“I didn’t take much notice because our dogs go off all the time at people just simply walking past, but then one of our neighbours from up the road come running down knocking on our door yelling out, ‘Wake up your car is on fire,’” Ms Bruce said.
“Me, my mother and partner ran straight outside to see that our pride and joy was on fire from the inside.”
She rang Triple 000 while the others tried to put the fire out.
“They had smashed the passenger back window and lit the fire from that side so we couldn’t reach with the hose to put the fire out, so our neighbour got a bucket and started filling that up then realised we had to smash some windows to get the water in,” she said.
“He then smashed windows so we could access the fire. We finally got the fire out before the firies arrived but everything was too gone, it was too late.”
Witnesses said two boys ran from the ute and up the road.
“It’s such a heartbreaking thing to happen, especially since we have only had the ute for about three months and my partner worked hard for it,” Ms Bruce said.
“That was our future. We got that Ute so we could start our family, but now all of it is gone,” she said.
Here’s a hard-working young couple just trying to get ahead and people with zero consideration do that to them – if anyone knows anything, please get that information to police as soon as possible.
RFS open days
MANY other parts of the country have had a horror start to their fire seasons and it’s a stark reminder that it can happen anywhere, anytime.
It’s tinder dry in our part of the world and already towns like Warren are talking about the lack of water to fight house fires in town, so it’s pretty dire.
Already some Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades have staged information meetings to brief residents on what to do in a fire emergency, now it’s Geurie’s turn.
Geurie RFS will be hosting an open day on Sunday, September 15, from 11am to 2pm.
Everyone’s invited to come down to the shed and meet the local firefighters, talk about your bushfire survival plan, learn how you can make your property bushfire ready, jump in the fire trucks and learn more about what the RFS volunteers do.
There’ll be a free sausage sizzle and you’ll have the chance to put your firefighting skills to the test.
Geurie RFS is asking people to take this simple test: z Would your plan stand up to the test of a fire? z How fireproof is your plan?
Getting ready for Get Ready Weekend
MEANTIME, the NSW RFS is calling on all residents in the Dubbo Regional and Narromine council areas to join with NSW RFS volunteer firefighters and prepare for the coming bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend.
Dubbo Regional Council residents can get involved across September 14-15 in fun family events including children’s activities, firefighting displays, opportunities to get aboard a fire truck, and see some of their specialist equipment.
Importantly, they can also get some information and advice on preparing their properties for the bush fire season.
NSW RFS District Coordinator Peter Fothergill said all residents in the Dubbo Regional Council and Narromine Shire areas need to be prepared for the bush fire season.
“Already this fire season we have seen more than 2700 bush and grass fires across NSW,” Mr Fothergill said.
“With the vast majority of NSW drought affected and a forecast of ongoing warm and dry conditions, there is the potential for a long and protracted fire season – NSW RFS members have been busy preparing by undertaking hazard reduction burns, maintaining firefighting equipment and undergoing training.
Get Ready Weekend is a chance for residents to do their bit to plan and prepare their family and properties for the fire season, he said.
Local events include:
z Display stand and NSW RFS volunteer firefighters at Bunnings, September 14, 8am-5pm
z Open Day at NSW RFS Eulomogo Brigade, September 14, 10am-4pm
z Open Day at NSW RFS Eumungerie Brigade, September 14, 10am-2pm
z Open Day at NSW RFS Elong Elong Brigade, September 15, 9am-11am
z Open Day at NSW RFS Minore Brigade, September 15th, 10am-2pm
POLICE have charged a man following an assault that left another man in a critical condition in Cobar on August 31.
Officers were called to a licensed premise on Marshall Street following reports a man had been assaulted. Upon arrival police were told the injured man was allegedly punched by another man which resulted in him falling backwards, hitting his head heavily on the pavement and being rendered unconscious.
The 34-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Cobar Hospital with severe head injuries before being airlifted to Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
A 27-year-old man was arrested after presenting to Cobar Police Station, he was charged with recklessly cause grievous bodily and has been refused bail.
Retired cops meet
ONE thing I love about the local cops is the culture which ensures that any retired officers are still made to feel like part of the family.
This is not only great for serving officers, and especially younger police who get great results from having experienced mentors, but the retired people don’t feel like they’ve left the job and have been thrown on the scrapheap.
September 5 was Retired Police Officers Day and, when a large group of retired police met with local officers, it was calculated that the former cops had more than 400 years of service on the police force between them.
It’s great that experience isn’t lost entirely from local police thanks to these connections.
Above left: Damage to John Ryan’s ute caused by a brick thrown through the window. Right: The burnt out interior of Emily Bruce’s ute – that incident has caused a lot of heartbreak.
The Wellington home damaged by fire on the weekend.