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Fire fight

Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

Firefighters laying out a hose shortly after arriving at a scrub fire near the RSPCA Firefighters laying out a hose shortly after arriving at a scrub fire near the RSPCA

By Myles Burt

A large scrub fire ignited directly across from the RSPCA near South Road about 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The blaze began a small distance from the front of the animal shelter, and with the aid of strong 48km/h winds, quickly spread and jumped a road while heading south toward the train line.

RSPCA’s Megan Enright said the fire was spotted by their receptionist and she quickly called the Broken Hill Fire Brigade as it took hold.

“Within thirty seconds it had jumped the road and it was climbing the trees,” she said.

“By the time they got here it spread quite viciously.”

Ms Enright said the Fire Brigade was very responsive to the call, quickly despatching trucks to the area.

“We rang them a second time to let them know it was minor to start with, and now serious.

“They had two trucks follow up the first truck quickly.”

Fire crews surrounded the area while local police came out in force to direct passing traffic and firefighters.

Firefighters contained the area and halted the spread despite strong winds blowing ambers further south.

A Perilya Mine Rescue team carrying water arrived on the scene about 4.20pm, along with a Broken Hill City Council Water Truck, and a Silverton Fire ute.

By 4.30pm, the fire had been subdued with fire crews soaking through the low burning area to gain control of its perimeter, while police examined the source area of the fire.

The Broken Hill RSPCA had swiftly evacuated their shelter, calling up owners to collect their dogs and shuffling all their animals into two work vans ready to move when necessary by police.

The fire was last night being investigated by police. They want to speak to anyone saw anything around the scene at 3.15pm yesterday. If you have information, phone 8087 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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