Investigators will today inspect the site of a suspicious blaze that has badly damaged the State Emergency Service building in Sydney’s inner-west. Four fire trucks and an aerial crew worked for several hours to bring the fire under control after it took hold in the two-storey building at Strathfield last night. The fire was put out and crews will now work to pinpoint whether the fire was deliberately lit.
Superintendent Chris Jurgeit says it is a shame the SES building has been so badly damaged. “It’s strange but it’s also tragic because the SES is there to help the community and the equipment that they have in the building is there basically to help other people, so it’s tragic that that building’s been destroyed and the volunteers that work out of that building have now got to rebuild.” It is the same building that was damaged by fire several years ago.
The SES said the fire caused up to $300 000 in damage Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce he says many volunteers are devastated. “The pure nature of volunteers is that they put their life and soul into the community,” Deputy Commissioner Pearce said. “Likewise, they put their life and soul into their unit. “We had the chaplains out there last night and a lot of the other services gave our volunteers great support initially when they first arrived.”