Arrest over Northern Rivers fire 

A man has been charged with deliberately lighting a fire near Casino in northern NSW.

Emergency services were called to a property on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam, about 65km west of Casino, about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 15 August), after reports of a fire.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) attended and extinguished the blaze that had spread to nearby bushland.

More than 12ha of bushland was burnt as a result.

Following inquiries by officers from Richmond Police District, a 52-year-old man was arrested this afternoon at a property at Tabulam.

He was taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread.

The man has been remanded to appear at Casino Local Court on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

2 responses to “Arrest over Northern Rivers fire ”

  1. Hooray, finally! All too often this does not happen. The RFS Fire Investigators merely determine a point of origin and state ’cause unknown’ without any attempt at further investigation when, in the absence of lightning, fallen powerlines, vehicle accidents etc, it has obviously started with a match.

    Fire permits have a series of commonsense conditions to prevent escaped fires, so if a permitted fire escapes then the permit conditions have obviously been breached, yet little, or more frequently, no follow up punitive action is ever taken. Police should be responsible for fire investigations and prosecutions as the RFS appears to have been reluctant to enforce its own regulations for decades now. Every fire leaving the property of origin and requiring the response of a fire-fighting agency should be investigated – ideally as part of the initial response, not weeks afterwards, and fines issued every time it is apparent RFS regulations and permit conditions have been breached. Too many landowners are too careless with fire and many are serial offenders who should be called out as being the arsonists they are.

  2. Shane Adams says:

    I agree. I had (ex) neighbours start a fire 2m from my place; fire escape into my place; fire brigade comes and puts out fire; fire fighter then comes to me and says “why did you start the fire?” (to which I responded “have a look which side of the fence it started, and who rang you”). RFS takes no action

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