Fire site demolition starts

By WILL JACKSON

THE DEMOLITION of a heritagelisted State Rail Authority warehouse in South Lismore began yesterday.

The building in Kyogle Street was damaged by fire in January.

"About three-quarters of the building is being demolished," said Peter McHugh, of Dingo Demolitions.

He said it would take between a week and 10 days to tear down damaged parts of the structure.

"We're saving four bays. The rest were very badly damaged," he said.

Mr McHugh was surprised how fragile the structure was. "The tin roof was basically all that was holding it together," he said.

He said there was some salvageable timber in the building.

"It looks like there's some exotic timbers in there ? stuff like teak, mahogany or rosewood," he said. "It would be great to see it re-used. We'd like to give it away or sell it.

"We already have someone looking to recycle the tin."

Lismore duty officer Inspector Tony Crandell said police believed the fire may have been deliberately lit.

He said Lismore detectives were still investigating the matter.



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