Eyewitness speaks out about Irishtown fire
|16/09/2019||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
A water bomber flies over the scene of the Irishtown fire in January.A WORKER at the Cosmic Resources Donnybrook Sandstone Quarry has gone public about the cause of a recent bushfire in Irishtown.
Registered Mine Manager Rob Smithson, who was one of the first on the scene at the fire, said he was frustrated by a lack of response to his efforts to contact authorities.
“This is first hand reliable information, I cannot believe the cause is `still unknown,’” Mr Smithson said.
“I was there, this is what happened. One of my workers and myself had the first fire fighting unit on the scene supplied by my quarry. We helped fight the fire in conjunction with FESA, with our fire fighting unit and front end loaders used in our mining operation.”
Mr Smithson said he spoke to a Western Power worker present on the scene helping to extinguish the fire early on.
“The electrician doing the actual hands on work told me he had been doing works on overhead power lines on Hardy Place that morning, removing fuses,” he said.
“He was noticed by all the locals that drove past in the morning.
“At the scene of the first flare up it was extremely obvious where the fire started -underneath the overhead lines and truck where works were going on to restore power to the local properties close by.”
Mr Smithson said the workers had some sparking issues whilst removing fuses.
“This started the fire. The Western Power workers thought they had extinguished all fire caused by them but very dry conditions meant they hadn’t. So in short, the fire was an accident but it was started by Western Power.”
Mr Smithson said there were several eye witnesses to what happened, and one local had even heard the Western Power worker yelling out for help.
Western Power’s Head of Safety, Health and Environment Richard Gough said Western Power was undertaking a full and proper investigation into the cause of the fire near Donnybrook, and this included the circumstances leading up to the incident.
“Following the investigation, Western Power will provide EnergySafetywith its report in line with regulatory reporting requirements. The report will be will be factual, honest and transparent,” he said.
“Until the investigation is concludedit is inappropriate for Western Power to comment on any aspect of the incident. This is standard practice to ensure that the integrity of the investigation is not compromised.
“We understand that the circumstances surrounding the fire have given rise to concern, and we want to reassure everyone that Western Power is treating this incident with the utmost of importance.
“If anyone wants to provide information to Western Power about an incident they can call us on 13 10 87, send an email [email protected]南京夜网.au or send a letter to Western Power, GPO Box L921, Perth WA 6842.”
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