Unit razed by fire

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A Tocumwal St unit in Fin­ley was de­stroyed by fire on Christ­mas Eve.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the blaze at the re­cently va­cated unit about 3.30pm on De­cem­ber 24.

Fin­ley Fire & Res­cue NSW Cap­tain Brian O’Hora said one Fin­ley crew and one Ber­ri­gan crew re­sponded, and said the unit was ‘‘well alight and gone’’ by the time they ar­rived.

Capt O’Hora said fire­fight­ers en­tered the unit us­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus to en­sure noone was in­side, and es­ti­mated 40 per cent of the dam­age was fire dam­age and an­other 40 per cent was smoke dam­age. He said the cause of the blaze in un­de­ter­mined.

Light­ning strikes

Light­ning on Mon­day sparked a grass­fire which burned about one hectare off Chi­na­man’s Rd at Tocumwal.

Tocumwal Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Cap­tain Dean Kele­her said it was a mix of luck and a quick re­sponse which pre­vented the fire from spread­ing fur­ther.

The fire was started about 12.15pm and four teams of fire­fight­ers re­sponded promptly.

There were two units from Tocumwal’s RFS and two from Fin­ley’s RFS brigade.

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