Lodge out­side PA burns down in mys­tery fire

Talk of the Town - - News - JON HOUZET

Swal­low’s Rest Lodge just out­side Port Al­fred on the R67 to­wards Bathurst was gut­ted in a fire in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

No one was in the house at the time and no one was in­jured in the blaze, owner Jen­nifer Nel­son said. The fire started at about 1.30am.

Ev­ery­thing in the lodge was burnt.

“We don’t know yet what caused the fire. An in­spec­tor is com­ing out to­mor­row,” Nel­son said.

“The fire depart­ment’s re­sponse was ex­cel­lent – they were here within min­utes.”

Nel­son said fire­fight­ers worked through the night and were still on site at about 12 noon on Sun­day, ex­tin­guish­ing any smoul­der­ing em­bers and dous­ing the sur­round­ing grass to pre­vent the fire from flar­ing up again.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Nel­son said the fire in­spec­tor had vis­ited the premises on Tues­day and spent the whole day go­ing through the gut­ted house to as­cer­tain the cause of the fire.

“We’re still not sure,” she said. “The in­spec­tor will go through the photos to try and find the cause.”

BIG BLAZE: Swal­low’s Rest Lodge on fire in the early hours of Sun­day

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