Willow Court fire update

Starting the demolition of F Ward

THERE has been a partial demolition of Willow Court’s F Ward this afternoon to allow greater access to the still-smoldering building.

An excavator arrived on scene early this afternoon to allow the fire brigade to “punch a hole” in the eastern wing of the building. It is the brigade’s policy not to enter buildings at Willow Court and the former Royal Derwent due to the extensive damage done by vandals in the 12 years since the hospitals closed.

The partial demolition has allowed greater access to the underfloor and roof space of the building, which has suffered major damage in the fire which is thought to have started late last night.

Fire investigators discovered several items which have have been forwarded to Tasmania Police forensic officers for potential fingerprint and DNA evidence.
 

The partial demolition has allowed greater access to the fire at F Ward, Willow Court

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