12 July 2023

No injuries reported as police call for information on Ulladulla car fire

| Claire Sams
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Emergency services were called to Burrill Street to battle the fire on Tuesday evening (11 July)

Emergency services were called to Burrill Street to battle the fire on Tuesday evening (11 July). Photo: Marine Rescue Ulladulla.

Flames were visible in the winter night as emergency services responded to a vehicle on fire near Ulladulla Harbour on Tuesday evening (11 July).

A spokesperson from Marine Rescue told Region that one of their crews was returning from a routine training exercise when crew members saw the flames at 6:30 pm.

The alight car was located near the northern boat ramp at Ulladulla Harbour, according to the spokesperson.

Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said one truck was present on the scene.

“When the firefighters got there, there was a car well alight,” he said.

“The fire was extinguished by 7:10 pm.”

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A spokesperson for NSW Police said emergency services, including police, were called to Burrill Street, Ulladulla, following reports of a car fire at about 7 pm.

“On arrival, officers attached to South Coast Police District located a sedan well alight.

“There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire,” the spokesperson said.

“Police established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstance surrounding this incident.”

Superintendent Dewberry said car fires could be dangerous for firefighters.

“When cars do catch fire, they burn freely and intensely.

“There’s still a lot of danger with car fires, from the fuel they carry on board to the possibility of explosion from struts and tires,” he said.

“That’s always a concern for firefighters – even though they’re routine, there is definitely an element of risk for fighting fires in cars.”

The NSW Police spokesperson said that inquiries were continuing, with anyone with information being encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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