5 December 2019

Three teens arrested following suspicious fire at Cooma

| Ian Campbell
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File photo: Ian Campbell

As Southern NSW grapples with a day of Severe Fire Danger and two bush emergencies near Braidwood and Batemans Bay, three teenage boys at Cooma have been arrested after allegedly deliberately lighting a fire.

Shortly after 12 pm on Friday (November 29), Monaro Police District Superintendent Paul Condon was travelling south on the Monaro Highway near Cooma when he noticed smoke coming from a building.

Superintendent Condon stopped to assist two members of the public who were attempting to extinguish a grass fire that had spread to a building.

The fire spread across the Monaro Highway, which was closed for over an hour while NSW Fire and Rescue attempted to extinguish the blaze.

The blaze was extinguished and officers from Monaro Police District commenced an investigation.

Earlier this week, three teenage boys attended Cooma Police Station. Two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, they will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

Anyone with information about suspicious fire activity is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

To stay up to date with all NSW bushfires, check the NSW RFS website, listen to your local radio station, or call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

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This kids need to lock up because older nought to know what they doing

Cathy Stephenson7:31 am 06 Dec 19

This is why there should be classes in schools showing farmers shooting block burnt stock, interviews with families that have lost everything, burnt patients before treatment, patients having their burn dressings done, burnt wild life & the conditions volunteer fire fighters have to work under.

When they go to court the soft judicial system will slap their wrists, they should be made do community service at the fire station every afternoon for twelve months or the local bush fire service. Then they will get a look at what the fireman and ladies have to go through. Either that or put them in the armed services.

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