Wednesday, 4th September, 2019
By Myles Burt
Fire has gutted a woman’s house while police were searching for a man alleged to have assaulted her.
The fire in Hynes Street, on the city’s western outskirts, started about 7.30pm on Monday and two police officers were allegedly attacked by the man when they found him a few hours later.
Police had been investigating a domestic violence incident on Monday between the man, 27, and the 23-year-old woman.
There was no one home when the fire started.
The house was completely destroyed.
A neighbour said he went to rug his horse about 7.30pm, saw the fire next door and called the Broken Hill Fire Station. Sixteen firefighters responded with two pumps and two tankers.
Station Officer Dale Gillespie said the large blaze had engulfed the home and flames were coming out of the doors and windows.
Firefighters had to run water from hydrants in Morgan Street and close the road to stop cars from driving over the hoses.
When police found the man about 11pm, they allege he punched one officer in the face and head-butted another.
He was arrested and taken to the police station where he was charged with 10 offences and refused bail.
At a bail hearing in court yesterday afternoon he did not apply for release and was remanded to the Local Court on Tuesday next week.
He faces charges of breaching an apprehended violence order, assault, choking a person, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalking and intimidation, distributing intimate images without consent, resisting arrest and three counts of assaulting police.
The fire is still being investigated, police said.