A fire destroyed two buildings and caused further damage in Cooma last week. Many looked on as the flames climbed trees and jumped across the Monaro Highway, threatening to spread. Firefighters brought the blaze under control, with no one harmed in the incident.
At approximately 12:15pm last Friday 29 November, a grass fire broke out behind the Snow Season Motor Inn (previously the Marlborough Motor Inn) on the corner of the Monaro Hwy and Solomon Lane in Cooma, resulting in the total destruction of two disused buildings and further damages to surrounding buildings, bush and grassland.
Suspected to have potentially been started as a result of arson, the grass fire quickly spread to the CYTA (Pacific) Lodge of the Snow Season Motor Inn.
There was severe fire danger and a total fire ban in place on the day, and despite the immediate response from local Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue units, the CYTA Lodge was quickly engulfed in flame and could not be saved. The first priority of emergency services was to prevent it from spreading further, which given the prevailing climatic conditions, was no easy feat.
Fire and Rescue crews from Cooma, Jindabyne, Bombala and Queanbeyan as well as a Rehab Vehicle from Moruya attended the scene alongside Cooma RFS units and RFS tankers from surrounding brigades. Police blocked access to the Monaro Highway, Solomon Lane, Bolaro Street, Boobah Street and Yareen Road while the fire was being brought under control. Paramedics were on scene, as were representatives of Essential Energy.
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