newsCO.com.au | Grassfire destroys several Wee Jasper buildings including ‘The Stables’ tavern

February 15, 2018

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2018-02-15 08:29:55

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February 15, 2018 19:29:55

A grassfire has gutted several buildings, including a tavern, restaurant and cabins, in the New South Wales town of Wee Jasper.

NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Gregg Allan said crews responded to a fire near Wee Jasper Road at 2:40pm today.

He said the fire spread about two hectares.

The Wee Jasper Stables Tavern — known as the Stables — was completely destroyed, along with a nearby cabin complex.

There were no reported injuries.

“Crews were able to contain the fire at about 4:45pm this afternoon,” Mr Allan said.

“The fire is not fully extinguished. Crews will remain at the scene, mopping up, patrolling the fire ground and making sure there are no flare-ups considering the hot and dry conditions the state is currently experiencing.”

Mr Allan said the remaining blaze caused no immediate threat to nearby property.

One firefighter captain on the ground, Michael Carey, said the fire was the biggest he had seen in the area since 2003.

“The old Stables tavern, which was the building that was the bar, restaurant, kitchen and dining area, has been totally destroyed,” Mr Carey said.

“Four of the associated cabins are also totally destroyed.”

He said at least one nearby house was threatened but crews managed to prevent serious damage.

It is understood the business closed down several years ago but the owner was undergoing renovations in the hope of reopening.

Mr Allan maintained there was no immediate risk, with crews working to extinguish sticks and stumps that remained alight.

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