Firefighters kept busy

A TWEED Heads man threatened to burn down his own house and urged police to shoot him during an incident on Sunday afternoon.

Police and fire crews descended on Philips Lane at 4.18pm to diffuse the situation and the man was quickly arrested.

Tweed Heads firefighter Con McGuire said a fire crew entered the premises after the man was arrested, but found no flammables inside.

Police declined to comment on the siege, saying it was a mental health issue.

The Murwillumbah firefighters had a busy Sunday. Captain Greg Hayes told the Tweed Daily News a couple of rubbish bins at Proudfoots Lane were deliberately set alight at 1.30am on Sunday.

Mr Hayes urged people not to set fire to rubbish bins, saying the plastic could melt and run to other ignition sources, or there could be flammable objects inside.

At 7.30pm on Sunday an equipment malfunction caused a gas bottle at Murwillumbah to start spewing out flames.

The owner was using a barbecue when the incident happened. He moved the bottle away from the house and called the fire brigade.

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