The Metropolitan Fire Service were kept busy on Tuesday, January 9, extinguishing several grass fires around Whyalla – one of which is being treated as suspicious.
First at 6:30pm one appliance with four firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind the Whyalla Hockey Grounds at Civic Park. The fire covered 20x20 metre area, involving trees and grass.
SAPOL were also onsite investigating the cause of the fire, which was extinguished by the MFS.
Shortly after the MFS were sent to another small fire at the centre of Civic Park, which they extinguished.
Between 9pm and 9:30pm two MFS appliances with eight firefighters responded to reports of a fire near Beach Road. The fire covered a 30x30 metre area, but was extinguished before it could grow larger.
Whyalla MFS Station Officer Andrew Higgins said the fires could have been more damaging had the conditions been warmer.
“On a different day they could have posed a problem, but not yesterday since it was cold,” he said.
Resident Shannon Skorup, who reported the first in Civic Park to the police and MFS, said she was in the dog park with her border collie when she noticed the fire.
“I saw smoke and so did the other people that were in the dog park, we went to suss it out and saw that the trees and bushes were on fire,” she said.
“I called the police and fire brigade.”