THE former Carinya Hostel next to New Norfolk High School will soon be only a memory, following another fire at the Blair St property overnight. This third and most destructive blaze has destroyed the only remaining section of the old hostel which has been vacant since being vacated by the Derwent Valley Council several years ago.
As of yesterday, the two-storey female dormitory was the only part of Carinya still standing. Another substantial two-storey building that was seemingly unaffected by the recent fires has been demolished without notice between the time of the second and third fires.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 103 Blair St, New Norfolk, shortly after 1am this morning (Thursday), finding the abandoned dormitory building well alight. “The cause of the fire is undetermined at this stage, however it appears suspicious and will be investigated,” a police spokesperson said.
About 20 firefighters from the New Norfolk, Bridgewater and Hobart fire brigades attended this incident and several were still at the scene at 8.30am, maintaining a fire watch. The extent of the fire was such that at 3am the Tasmania Fire Service issued a smoke alert for the areas of Blair and Kensington streets.
Police say the damage caused by the fire is estimated to be more than $500,000. Anyone with information relating to the fire or suspicious activity in the area around the time of the fire is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via their website. Information can be given anonymously.
The nearby former Tangara Hostel is occupied by the Derwent Valley Men’s Shed and is unaffected by the fires at Carinya.
New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News has asked police for an update on their investigations into the first two fires.
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