Wave of bin fires in town

FIREBUGS are creating havoc in Murwillumbah with homes in the town as well as businesses now at risk. Town fire brigade captain Greg Hayes yesterday warned householders and shopkeepers to hide away wheelie bins which have become a favourite target for the arsonists. Ands he expressed alarm that fires are now being lit around the town late at night and in the early hours of the morning during the week not just weekends. The warning follows four firebug attacks on Wednesday night, with the brigade being called to three. In one case a backyard shed was minutes from catching alight and a paling fence was largely destroyed after the arsonists set fire to four wheelie bins beside Housing Commission units in Myrtle Street, a residential area several blocks from the CBD. Other targets included a patch of rainforest garden in the grounds of Murwillumbah High School , a wheelie bin in the KFC car park which packed with broken tree branches from nearby and another bin wheeled into public toilets at Knox Park. A resident near the Myrtle Street fire who declined to be named for fear she would be targeted was alarmed the firebugs were now targeting areas outside the CBD. She said four bins from the nearby units had usually been kept beside the fence which was destroyed in the blaze at about 1.45am. Mr Hayes said the brigade arrived in the nick of time to stop it spreading to a backyard shed. At 12.30am the brigade had been called to the blaze in the KFC car park and at 4am were called out again to the fire in the high school grounds. He later heard about the bin set alight in the Knox Park toilets. "It's just getting out of control," he said. "Last month we had 47 callouts anything and everything. "We are already up to 15 this month. "And the rural firies had bins alight in Uki on Tuesday night," Mr Hayes said



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