Police investigate Wyrallah fire
POLICE are investigating a fire that engulfed a shed at Wyrallah and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of machinery over the weekend.
Lismore detectives and a Rural Fire Service (RFS) investigator yesterday assessed the aftermath of the fire, which ripped through the shed at a rural property on Tregeagle Rd just after 10pm on Sunday.
RFS crews from Alphadale and Tregeagle and NSW Fire and Rescue responded to the fire, which tookover three hours to contain.
RFS Northern Rivers Superintendent Boyd Townsend said the cause of the fire was not yet known.
“The whole structure was destroyed and there was a tractor inside the workshop,” he said.
The shed sits only a few metres from the property’s main residence.
It is believed the owners of the property were on holiday in Queensland when the fire occurred.
A nearby resident said he woke to the sound of “loud popping noises”.
“It was about 10.20pm and it sounded like fireworks,” he said. “I went to investigate and it was well and truly alight. I saw the flames through my bedroom window.
“The fire brigade were very quick on scene, but their hoses seemed useless against the huge flames. The water was just hitting the metal shed and steaming.
“It was lucky the fire did not spread to the house.”