A SPATE of deliberately lit fires in an abandoned industrial site at Blayney have left police calling on the public for assistance.
Firefighters were called to a former abattoir on Hill Street at 6.30pm on Monday following reports of a fire. Upon arrival, crews discovered an out-of-control blaze in an abandoned office building on the site.
Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander Steve Evans said “it took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control”.
If people could just be diligent and keep an eye on the Blayney abattoir for whoever is lighting these fires.Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander Steve Evans
“We had crews from Bathurst, Blayney and the NSW Rural Fire Service attend,” he said.
It was the third blaze at the site this year, with an office building destroyed by fire on August 24 and another blaze on April 20.
Duty Commander Evans said the most recent fire was under police investigation and he urged the community to report any trespassing on the site.
“If people could just be diligent and keep an eye on the Blayney abattoir for whoever is lighting these fires,” he said.
Chifley Police District Inspector David Abercrombie said buildings at the site had suffered numerous incidents of malicious damage since the site was closed down.
Inspector Abercrombie said the property’s owner was aware of the issues.
“I know that Blayney Council has been dealing with the owner and other entities to come to a solution,” he said.
Inspector Abercrombie has urged the public to report any cases of trespassing.
Blayney Police can be contact on 6368 9599 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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