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Council Counts Cost Of Damage

Weekend fire in Stratford causes heartache and penny pinching

By Karen Gregory - 10th September 2002 - Back to News

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Wellington Shire Council is counting the cost of damage to Council buildings in Stratford following a fire over the weekend.

The damage to the buildings was inspected by Councilís Principal Building Surveyor Barry Nicholl and Buildings and Facilities Officer Dave Butler on Monday. One building, used as Stratford SES headquarters and housing the community bus and Red cross trailer, was completely destroyed.

The SES lost their truck, a couple of trailers and all their equipment. The community bus was also destroyed along with the Red Cross trailer.

Remains of the burnt out vehicles have been taken off site and arrangements are being made to demolish the remainder of the building. Utilities (water, sewerage, wiring, etc) are now being capped off prior to demolition.

While the Red Cross building is no longer fit for public use, it may be structurally sound enough to be used for storage.

SES puts their damage bill at around $300,000. The community bus and buildings owned by the Shire could raise the damage bill to half a million or more.

Wellington CEO Lyndon Webb said that Council insurers would inspect the damage later today.

"This is a huge blow to Stratford SES and it is testament to the townís remarkable community spirit that offers of help with storage, fund-raising and the clean-up are pouring in," said Mr Webb.

"Council is confident that, given such tremendous support from the community, this setback will be rapidly overcome."

Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: news@gippsland.com



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