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Woman charged over Tabulam bushfire

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As fires continue to burn out of control across the Northern Rivers, a Tabulam woman has been charged in relation to a blaze which has so far burned over 4,000 hectares and destroyed several homes.

Police will allege about 8am yesterday (Wednesday, 13 February) the 40-year-old woman set fire to rubbish located in a large steel container in her backyard.

The fire was then left unattended and proceeded to spread to bushland behind her home.

When the woman discovered the fire had spread, she rang Triple Zero (000) and unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the flames with a backyard hose.

The woman has been charged with intentionally causing fire and being reckless to its spread and setting fire during a total fire ban.

The woman is due to appear before Casino Local Court on 27 February 2019.

Police are reminding the public that NSW remains the subject of a total state-wide fire ban. If you see any unattended fires please report them quickly to Triple Zero (000).

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  1. Very selfish woman. How dare she be so reckless and put innocent people’s lives and homes at risk, not to mention the wildlife!!
    Shame on you…….

    • Without knowledge of circumstances, I feel for this woman! A very serious error indeed, her actions afterwards should help her case.

      Very easy for us all to cast judgement all too quickly & publicly from our keyboards nowadays, not sure if that helps!

      • Having lost my home, tools, art works and thousands of young trees, and suffered burns to my face, and having three times though I was about to be toast, because of this callous arsonist… I find your sympathy for it to be totally disgusting and very upsetting.

        • Please accept my apologies Graeme, my intent was not to upset you or other victims!

          I’m sorry to hear of your losses and terrifying experience.

          • Thank you for your apology,
            And, keep in mind, had I not taken the time, that I did not have, to drive down to my neighbour and wake him, she would be facing manslaughter charges now. That act cost me dearly, and while I am delighted that my neighbour survived, I resent the fact that my efforts in this regard have benefited this arsonist.
            I will say one thing in her favor, I believe that the way this fire was handled by the Fire Service exacerbated the situation horribly and I am demanding an inquiry into how it was handled in the first 8 hours.
            I only just lost my house, had I had any assistance at all I would not be stuck in a motel, far from home, right now. But in no circumstances should anyone have lit any fire in conditions like that, to me that is nothing short of attempted murder. And I do not believe it was accidental for a moment.

  2. If people knew you could get the same charge for manslaughter as lighting a fire and destroy life, homes, nature and wildlife during fire ban they would think twice.

  3. Stop making excuses for this selfish person. They need to take responsibility for their actions. No excuses. Homes were lost. People’s livelihood.

  4. Wow! Publishing the court date and location could be considered reckless endangerment, knowing how the community feels about this stupid person. Hopefully there’ll be extra police protection and she goes straight into secure lockup for her own safety. Just so glad no human lives were lost… so far, at least.

    • As they have in this case, the police do publish the details of the date and location that those accused are facing court. Whether this person was ‘stupid’ as you say, or just made a mistake, the fact that they are facing court tells the public that they will be fairly punished under the existing legal system, without the community feeling they need to take the law into their own hands.

  5. Wasn’t it a woman from the mission?
    Maybe the local fire fighters need to print up some educational booklets on fire safety & possibly do some educational talks with the communities.

    Same problems happen at coraki & ballina missions.
    Fire brigade heads out there to put out fires regularly, the numbers would suprise everyone.

    No need to hate this woman, she probably was never taught fire safety, i feel sorry for all involved

  6. Knowing this woman I can honestly say she is one of the most unselfish people you will ever meet under most circumstances. However, a moment of unthinking selfishness which could have been a simple blip on her lifetime spectrum instead created a terrible disaster which many now have to pay the consequences for.

  7. i once lit the backyard incinerator. a spark flew out and a rapid fire started until it was an unpreventable blaze. this has nothing to do with selfishness. it was
    a terrible shock that a fire could start so quickly
    i feel sorry for all involved.

    there are too many critiholics in the world!
    Good people show compassion for all involved.
    parcels have labels
    not people!

    she is not an arsonist or selfish or any other name u can think.of. she is a mom with feelings about this preventable disaster.

    • Wrong! It deserves no mercy and will get none. It is an arsonist and it attempted to kill us from where I was standing.
      Lighting a back yard incinerator is 100% about selfishness. What a caveman way to deal with rubbish. We need a total ban on that for a start. Haven’t you heard of The Environment?

  8. Well my cousin and I lost a house, we were lucky it wasn’t our principle place of residence. It was also too old to insure.

    In saying that as it was a very old house, it is now going to cost us $1000’s (lowest quote was $24,000) to remove the asbestos.

    My cousin and I are both retired and pensioners but if we don’t get the land cleared we will proberly get a massive fine from the EPA.

    Also we need a certificate to state the land is clean, especially if we want to sell in the future.

    There was a state total fire ban that day, so really there was no excuse and especially with the dry state of the bush.

    So now there are lots of people extremely out of pocket.


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