Moree Showground blaze believed to be deliberately lit

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MOREE fire brigade, police and paramedics were called to Moree Showground at around 2.30pm today (Sunday, October 30) when a group of sheds were allegedly deliberately set on fire.

The set of three double-garage-sized sheds, on the eastern side of the showground, house vehicles and equipment owned by the Moree Vehicle Restorers’ Club.

It was also feared that some fuel was stored in the sheds.fire003

Nearby scrub also caught alight but was contained.

Fire crews quickly contained the blaze shortly after arriving at the scene.

“We needed to keep vehicles, unless they were fire, police or ambulance, away from the scene as it is believed there is fuel stored in one the sheds,” an eyewitness said.

The sheds were cut open by fire brigade officers, who have contained the blaze.

Police and fire crews were alerted to the fire by visitors staying at the showground’s caravan park and were helping police with descriptions of alleged suspects seen near the sheds just prior to the blaze.

The fire comes on the back of a nearby vacant dwelling fire near the entrance to the showground, also believed to be deliberately lit, just two weeks ago.

No-one has been injured and Moree fire crews quickly contained the blaze with paramedics on standby and police making enquiries and taking statements from witnesses.fire002

“Hopefully, none of the vehicles have been too badly damaged, but we won’t know until we can get into the sheds,” a Moree Vehicle Restorers’ Club spokesperson said.

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Words, Images Copyright Bill Poulos 2016