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CAT SAVES OWNER FOR BURNING HOME

A suburban cat is being hailed a hero after saving his owner from a fiery blaze at Elanora. ‘Tiger’ hissed and screeched until his beloved 68 year old owner woke, and was able to escape the burning home. It took four hours for fire crews to win the fight. By then, there was little to be salvaged. The home was destroyed but Tiger escaped unharmed. Read More »

FIRE CREWS RESCUE WOMAN FROM LIFT

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It was a busy day for Central Coast firefighters –¬†across town, an electrical fault and subsequent fire at the Central Coast Leagues Club saw a young woman trapped in a lift for half an hour. The woman – believed to be a staff member – was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

FIRE DESTROYS UNIT AT NORTH GOSFORD

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Two people have been taken to hospital following a unit fire at North Gosford this morning. Fire and Rescue New South Wales were called to the Gertrude Street complex at around 11 o’clock and found the ground floor apartment well alight. 20 people were evacuated from the building, while a woman in her 70s and a man in his 30s are being treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation at Gosford Hospital. Fire fighters have extinguished the blaze. Read More »

ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TAREE

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Fire and Rescue New South Wales is at the scene of an electrical fire in Taree. The fire broke out in the switchboard of the Hooke Chambers building on Victoria Street at around 11:30 this morning. Two businesses were evacuated including Federal MP David Gillespie’s office. No-one was injured. Read More »

MT WARNING HOTEL FINALLY ON ROAD TO RECOVERY

After almost two years, and countless problems with Council Development Applications, work has finally begun to rebuild Mount Warning Hotel. Locals were shocked when the historic building went up in flames in February last year. The hotel’s owners say, nothing could be salvaged from the original building, to include in the new structure. “We’re not trying to replicate what the old pub was. We’re trying to start fresh and give it our own look, but incorporating the heritage look as well.” The owners had hoped to open the new hotel by Christmas. They now estimate work will wrap up by the middle of next year. Read More »

STUNNED CROWDS WATCH BURLEIGH HILLS INFERNO

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A huge crowd stood stunned overnight, watching flames ravage popular walking spot Burleigh Headland. Rangers suspect illegal campers are to blame, for the blaze that destroyed a large section of the National Park. Today, the ocean view walking track was closed, mainly because of the threat of rocks falling. The fire burnt away many trees and shrubs so boulders are now exposed and unstable. The track will reopen on Saturday. Read More »

TRAM EVACUATED AFTER FIRE FEAR

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Tense moments for tram passengers this afternoon, with fears a motor had caught fire. They were quickly evacuated, as the light rail system ground to a halt. Read More »

CAR FIRE SOUTH OF PORT MACQUARIE

A young driver had a lucky escape this afternoon when her car burst into flames along the Pacific Highway. Traffic came to a stand still for more than 20 minutes while the Rural Fire Service extinguished the blaze which had also spread to nearby bushland. Fortunately the driver was unharmed. Police are investigating what caused the fire. (No Audio) Read More »

CENTRAL COAST PREPARES FOR BUSH FIRE SEASON

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Central Coast firefighters say the region will need to prepare for a hot summer, as they completed hazard reduction burns in Gosford today. The Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue were on Mount Elliot, clearing 47 hectares of bush. They say despite recent heavy rain in the region, the scrub has dried up, increasing the threat of bush fires. Hazard reduction burns are expected to be carried out over the next few weeks. Read More »

FIRE WRECKS BUILDINGS IN NIMBIN

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Fire has destroyed buildings in the northern New South Wales town of Nimbin. Five buildings were destroyed including the town’s museum, the Rainbow Cafe and the Bring a Bong Cafe. Nine fire trucks were called to the blaze just after three this morning, but the buildings were already well alight. Nimbin, just outside Lismore, is famous for its drug culture and alternative lifestyle. A Rural Fire Service spokesman says police have started an investigation into the fire. Read More »

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