Fire in north Orange

Fire in north Orange


Central Western Daily

THE Rural Fire Service has acted swiftly to extinguish a fire which broke out in a shed on Telopea Way on Monday evening.

View the Central Western Daily Photos and Video of the fire

The blaze started at about 6.30pm in a vacant shed opposite the north Orange shopping centre, adjacent to the Waratahs sports grounds car park.

Fire in north Orange 

Fortunately, the North West Orange Rural Fire Brigade was practising drills at its nearby base when members of the crew noticed the plume of dark smoke.

The crew was already on its way to fight the fire when they received the triple-0 call out.

They were joined at the scene by the Orange Rural Fire Brigade, and between them they were able to first control and then extinguish the fire in under two hours.

RFS Duty Officer Brett Bowden said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined, although it was "potentially suspicious".

"Apparently there were a couple of people seen leaving the area just before the fire," he said.

"But that's in the hands of the police, who will no doubt be investigating."

The blaze in the shed, which is a former cool store for fruit, was fueled by the building's polystyrene insulation, as well as old furniture which was being stored there.

Mr Bowden described the firefighting effort as "a pretty good save", explaining that the damage had been limited within the 20x30-metre shed, with no adjacent buildings affected.