Fires, fights and a prang

Monday, 20th March, 2017

Police yesterday said the crowds of the big events in the city were well behaved, but unrelated incidents marred an otherwise trouble-free weekend for emergency services.

Police will continue to investigate a brawl at the Musician’s Club about 1.30am Saturday after receiving conflicting reports about what happened.

About six men were involved in the fight in the poker machine section of the club, and police had to taser one of the aggressors, a 27-year-old man, outside the venue to avoid further conflict.

Police said they were not aware of any major injuries but they would continue to investigate the punch-up to get to the bottom of what happened.

Firefighters swung into action on Friday night and early Saturday morning when a shed caught on fire and two cars went up in smoke in separate incidents.

A 5mx5m shed was destroyed by fire in Argent Street just after 10pm. It took firefighters about ten minutes to get the blaze under control and another ten minutes to douse it.

Damage was so extensive that the cause of the fire could not be determined. The occupants of the property were home at the time.

Firefighters found a Mazda hatchback engulfed in flames when they were called to Zebina Street about 3.30am on Saturday.

They extinguished the fire in ten minutes but the car was extensively damaged and the case of the blaze was unknown.

An hour later, firefighters were alerted to another car fire in Eyre Street, near Mawsons quarry. The passenger compartment of a Ford Ute was well ablaze, but it only took ten minutes to put the fire out. Police are investigating.

No one was hurt in the three fires.

Also on Friday night, a semi-trailer with three trailers crashed on the Wentworth Road near Wentworth. Police said the driver lost control when the trailers hit the sand on the side of the road and “fish-tailed”. The truck was carrying a load of “dirt” toward Broken Hill. No one was injured.

Police also clocked a motorcyclist travelling at speeds of up to 190km/h on the Wentworth Road near Coombah on Friday night. Police were tipped of by Victorian officers about the rider who was travelling toward Broken Hill. Police decided not to pursue the motorcyclist because of the dangerous speeds, but they have the number plate details.

Police found a man, 29, with serious cuts to his head in McGowan Street about midnight on Saturday. Police believe the injuries were caused by a glass or a glass bottle.

The man was taken to hospital and treated. Police believe the man was injured in a domestic dispute, but they were continuing to investigate it.