Heritage lost to fire

AN overnight fire has destroyed one of the heritage buildings adjoining the Willow Court Oval at New Norfolk. Despite heavy rain falling at times, the deliberately-fit fire gutted the former F Ward and its remains will face demolition this week.

The fire was reported just before midnight, and three crews from the New Norfolk Fire Brigade were soon on scene, finding the solid brick building well alight. Support was called in from the Hobart Fire Brigade, including an aerial (snorkel) unit.

Incident controller Peter Brazendale said the fire appeared to have several points of origin, suggesting it was a case of arson.

Firefighters remain on the scene as the building continues to smolder. The building dates to the late 1930s and is part of the former hospital site owned by the Derwent Valley Council. The council recently resolved to offer F Ward and three adjoining buildings for sale by expressions of interest.

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