Fire crews contain suspicious blaze behind TAFE

FIRE crews have contained a suspicious fire in bushland at the rear of the TAFE Illawarra Nowra Campus at Bomaderry on Thursday afternoon.

With temperatures expected to reach in the mid 20s and winds forecast between 60 to 80km/h with peak gusts up to 110, the Rural Fire Service declared a severe fire danger for the Shoalhaven until midnight Thursday.

Crews from Fire Rescue NSW Nowra and Shoalhaven as well as Rural Fire Service crews from Illaroo and Cambewarra attended the scene shortly after 1.30pm to find an area of bushland between Brinawarr and Beinda streets at Bomaderry well alight.

The fire threw up a large plume of smoke, which could be seen from the Nowra area.

Quick work by the crews stopped the blaze, which was being fanned by strong westerly winds, from spreading further.

It was the second time crews had been called to the area to fight fires in the past 24 hours.

Fire Rescue NSW Shoalhaven station officer Murray Oastler said crews did a great job on containing the blaze quickly.

“Crews were called to the same area on Wednesday evening and encountered four separate fires,” he said.

“There were also outbreaks in the nearby Maleen Street and Nita Place.”

Crews had the latest blaze under control in around half an hour but will remain at the scene from some time to black out the area.

Anyone with any information regarding the blazes or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area are asked to contact Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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