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Firebugs blamed for scrub blaze

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

The scene later in the day showing the shade structure (right) at the back of the BH Public School. The scene later in the day showing the shade structure (right) at the back of the BH Public School.

By Myles Burt

A raging scrub fire in Mica Street near the Joe Keenan Lookout yesterday might have been deliberately lit.

Firefighters were called out about 4am to battle the blaze on the side of the rocky hill and then had to go back about 7am when it reignited. 

They noted that the fire had started in two separate places, and forensic services later examined the scene. 

Station Officer Paul Heath said it was a tough fire to extinguish due a  combination of strong wind, a steep hillside, fences and the dense vegetation.

“Because of the geography, it’s a really inaccessible part with a lot of bush scrub,” SO Heath said.

One firefighter was sent to back to base for observation after minor smoke inhalation. 

SO Heath said there was no risk to houses in Mica Street nor to the nearby Broken Hill Public School or the water filtration plant. 

Police Inspector Matthew McCarthy said that the matter was being investigated by detectives who were seeking witnesses and information from the public.

Inspector McCarthy said the offence of property arson was punishable by up to 11 years’ imprisonment.

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