Machinery destroyed by fire at Lismore

POLICE are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed machinery stored under the Ballina Rd bridge at South Lismore overnight.

Lismore police sergeant Claude Toskin said just after 10pm police received numerous phone calls in relation to large explosions, a fire and smoke coming from underneath the Ballina Rd bridge.

"Police and NSW Fire and Rescue attended and found a large fire was present under the bridge which is currently a work site," he said.

Sgt Toskin said fire fighters extinguished the blaze which totally destroyed a forklift.

"There was a boat attached to the forklift but at this stage it doesn't appear to be damaged," he said.

A Newcastle Fire Communications spokesman said as the fire was close to the Wilson's River the Goonellabah Hazmat unit was called.

"Hazmat booms were put in place in the river and trenches were dug as to not contaminate the river," the spokesman said.

Police will return to the scene this morning to try and determine the cause of the fire and what machinery was damaged.

Sgt Toskin said officers canvassed the area and police were appealing to anyone with information about the fire to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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