Quick action saves hospital building

QUICK action by the New Norfolk and Magra fire brigades saved one of the more modern buildings on the Willow Court historic site from potential destruction this evening.

New Norfolk Police said a fire at the building known as Lyprenny had been reported at about 4.30pm. Several units from the New Norfolk Fire Brigade were soon on the scene. Volunteer firefighters wearing breathing aparatus located a fire just inside the main entrance and soon had it in hand. A unit from the Magra Brigade soon arrived in support.

Incident controller and local fire chief Colin Triffitt supervised as several of his men searched the building for any squatters who may have become overwhelmed by the large volume of smoke. No-one was located inside the two-story brick building, which was erected in the late 1960s as a hospital ward at Willow Court. It was more commonly known as H Ward.

The deliberately-lit fire was found to have been set in a pile of timber just inside the main entrance to the building, which is owned by an interstate developer.


  1. We are so lucky we didn't lose this building, i seen the fire trucks on my way home and my heart sunk

  2. What is council & state government doing with this important site? I know many buildings including this one have been sold off but we will lose this important heritage if nothing is bloody done soon by our dickhead authorities.

  3. a bloody shame since this fire nothing has even happened to even secure the building its only a matter of time before another idiot lights it up again and puts fire fighters lives at risk again

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