Fire in racecourse stewards tower

CREWS from the New Norfolk and Magra fire brigades have extinguished a blaze at the Kensington Park Racecourse at New Norfolk tonight (July 30). The stewards tower at the facility in Kensington St was fully involved in fire when the first crews arrived at about 9.15pm.

The Kensington Park Racecourse stewards tower ablaze.

The fire in the five-storey tall structure was quickly brought under control but there were repeated flare-ups in the different levels of the timber and steel structure. New Norfolk Fire Brigade chief officer Mark Lusted said the cause of the fire would be investigated in the morning.

Mr Lusted thanked the approximately 25 volunteer firefighters from the New Norfolk and Magra brigades who had responded in seven vehicles.

Kensington Park Racecourse is owned by the Derwent Valley Council, which was contacted to make the site safe ahead of Monday morning’s forecast destructive winds.

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The Kensington Park Racecourse stewards tower ablaze.
New Norfolk and Magra firefighters attacking the fire in the tower.

Firefighters at work.
Firefighters dousing one of the flare-ups after the initial blaze.
Tackling another of the flare-ups.
The scene at Kensington Park after the incident.

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