MORE than 30 firefighters battled a major fire in Ulladulla on Sunday morning, which destroyed the Marine Rescue building, including a newly-opened $132,000 training room.
Fire and Rescue NSW Crews were called to the scene around 3.55am and on arrival found the former abalone co-op building well alight.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said six crews from Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, supported by Rural Fire Service units, battled through toxic smoke to fight the fire which spread into the roof space of the neighbouring Marine Rescue building.
The fire was extinguished four hours later.
Marine Rescue NSW commissioner Stacey Tannos said the unit was currently operating its radio service from on board its rescue vessels.
“The Ulladulla Game Fishing Club, on the north shore of the harbour, has generously offered the unit the use of its radio room so our volunteers can continue providing their radio safety net for local boaters,” he said.
Commissioner Tannos said he was confident the unit’s volunteers would put aside their sense of shock and loss to continue providing their services to the boating community.
“Our members are resilient and resourceful and I know the Ulladulla members will be committed to moving forward and rebuilding for an even brighter future.
“Once we have our temporary radio facilities up and running, we will look for temporary accommodation for the unit and set to the task of helping the members start again.”
Police detectives and fire investigators are investigating the blaze.