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The fire appears to have come from inside the tower and has left charring below the transmitters. Photo Simon Haslam.

NSW Police say they are investigating a fire at the Telstra tower on River Terrace at Mullumbimby overnight.

This morning the area has been roped off as a crime scene as police await the arrival of the crime squad, however, according to a local business Telstra technicians have been working on the tower over the last few days.

The fire appears to have possibly come from inside the tower and has left charring below the antenna, transmitters and receivers.

A witness driving a truck saw the fire when they drove past at 3am and dialled triple zero.

The are was roped off as a crime scene this morning by police. Photo Simon Haslam.


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  1. This has come at a bad time for local communications [despite 5G protests] in our major flooding disaster.
    We await the verdict on what actually happened…

  2. If it came from inside I would suggest Rats seeking higher ground in the floods. Otherwise, if more antenna have been installed during the floods the power drain may have been too great for the cables and the cables have heated and caught fire as a result. finally water ingress, causing shorting and earthing can literally melt the cables. It is highly unlikely that this would be arson if from inside…how does one get inside that thing and at that height???

    • Interesting suppositions Steve, but it appears from my inquiries this is not an isolated incident in Aus [or even world-wide] for 4/5G antenna fires.


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