Charity bins targeted by arsonists twice in a month
CHARITY bins at St Vincent De Paul in Tweed Heads were destroyed by fire for the second time in a month on Friday morning.
At 2.16am, Fire and Rescue were called to reports of a bin alight at the Beryl St Vinnies store.
While the recently replaced blue charity bins were unharmed, a skip bin on the side of the building, which was full of donations, was destroyed.
Another bin next to it sustained some damage, while the fence behind it was melted.
President Jan Parker said she was devastated by the fire, which came just a month after the two blue donation bins were destroyed by fire.
Firefighters were called to the scene twice on the morning of September 15.
"It's very saddening for the volunteers who work so hard...to serve the needy," Ms Parker said.
Ms Parker said it appeared the arsonists had first stolen and lit paper from the recycling bin nearby.
"They set fire to the recycling...and they set fire to the Solo bin which was full of donations," she said.
Another volunteer, Gary Follett, discovered the debris that was left behind, the stench of smoke lingering, when he arrived later in the morning.
Tweed Heads Fire and Rescue station officer Mark Johnson said the fire was contained quickly.
"The bin was well alight when we got there," Mr Johnson said.
"A lot of material was thrown all over the driveway and some of that was on fire as well."
Police have been approached for comment.