• Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage on fire on Wednesday. Photo: Jo Bennett Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire Photo: Darryl Fernance
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    A fire at St John’s Orphanage that destroyed a large section of the roof is now under control.

    Emergency services were called to the Mundy Street building shortly before 4pm on Wednesday after a man travelling along Hume Street, who noticed the smoke, called Triple-0.

    Unconfirmed reports are that a loud bang was heard moments before the building caught fire.

    Some 40 fire fighters joined the efforts. Uniformed police, police detectives and Ambulance crews were also present.

    It is understood Fire & Rescue NSW Trucks from Goulburn, Crookwell, St Andrew’s, Moss Vale, and Busby were tasked to the incident. Rural Fire Service crews also attended.

    Goulburn Mulwaree Council and NSW Police on Wednesday afternoon closed both Mundy and Bourke Streets in a bid to ease the flow of traffic to the area.

    Police, at 5pm, were still urging people to stay away.

    More smoke from the old St John’s home #Goulburn. Large sections of the roof have gone. pic.twitter南京夜网/2v8ct2ms0O— Goulburn Post (@GoulburnPost) November 4, 2015

    Initially the Goulburn Fire Brigade concentrated their attack on the fire from the front of the building using 70mm hose lines to spray water onto the roof level where the fire had taken hold.

    RFS units from Crookwell went around to the Combermere St side of the home, setting up two hoses to battle the flames.

    The sound of collapsing masonry could be heard from within the building, as roof tiles fell inward, leaving the timber frame skeleton exposed. GOULBURN | UPDATE: #FRNSW crews working to contain a bld’ing #fire on Mundy St. Partial roof collapse. pic.twitter南京夜网/9muhjZBPBQ— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) November 4, 2015

    Journalist Peter Oliver, one of two journalists on the scene, said smoke appeared to be pouring from an area of the roof, where a section had been destroyed.

    Almost two hours after the blaze was first reported, small flames could still be spotted flickering through the roof of the building.

    Neighbours ‘forever’ reporting vandals

    Phillip Phelps, who lives a couple of doors from the old orphanage, told the Goulburn Post he was forever ringing the police about people in the building and the sounds of damage from within.

    Mr Phelps said kids and others often got into the place without permission.

    Christine McLaughlin, who lives across the road from the former home, echoed Mr Phelps’s comments, saying she could often hear the sound of windows smashing.

    In recent times people have been conducting ghost tours at night

    Mrs McLaughlin said the first thing they knew about the fire was the siren from the fire engine arriving at the orphanage.

    Another person standing outside the police line said that he had contacted  a couple of relatives who had spent part of their childhood at the orphanage, and they were very upset that their childhood home was being destroyed.

    They had been hopeful that the owner could eventually give the building a new purpose, he said.

    In November 2014, the Goulburn Post reported former residents of St John’s were “dismayed and saddened by the state of the building”.

    Goulburn Post

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