Coraki fire 'deliberate'

FIREFIGHTERS fear a blaze that sent smoke billowing over Coraki hospital was deliberately lit.

The fire in waist-high grass in the commons behind the hospital was noticed early Wednesday afternoon.

While it did not pose a threat to the hospital or patients, hospital executive officer Peter Jeffree said there been a large amount of smoke.

“During the morning staff saw a significant amount of smoke blowing in the direction of the hospital and around the grounds,” he said.

Local firefighters extinguished the flames while three NSW Fire Brigade trucks and three Rural Fire Service trucks later conducted a controlled burn through the rest of the grass to prevent more fires breaking out.

“It's suspicious,” Lismore senior firefighter Shane Hulbert said.

“They just don't start on their own.”



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