WELL ALIGHT: Firefighters and police attended two car fires in Leone Healy Park on Friday morning. Photo: FACEBOOKResidents have praised swift actions of Orange firefighters who extinguished two car fires.
At 6.30am on Friday, Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called after reports a pair of vehicles were ablazein Leone Healy Park.
It took the crews just 30 minutes to extinguish the fires and there were no injuries reported.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Dave Harvey said police were investigating the theft of the cars.
It is believed one of the vehicles was taken from Orange and the other from Bathurst.
He encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, CanobolasRural Fire Service zone operations officer Brett Bowden praised the efforts of residents near Selwood Lane who spotted a man lighting fires on Thursday.
QUICK RESPONSE: Firefighters from Springside and Spring Hill RFS brigades attended fires which were started in Selwood Lane. Photo: PETER JARICK/FACEBOOK
Mr Bowden said a residenthad told firefighters – who arrived on scene to extinguish the blazes – they believed they knew the alleged arsonist.
Police later arrived and took a 30-year-old man into custody, charged with lighting causing or setting fire to property.
The actions of vigilant neighbors brought a strong, immediate response from fivecrews from Springside and Spring Hill volunteer brigades, which played a critical role inthe fires being brought under control and extinguished quickly.
“People shouldn’t wait if they see smoke, particularly if they see flames, they should call triple-0,” Mr Bowden said.
“Fortunately for us and for the local community, the ignition happened at 7.30pm,” Mr Bowden said, explaining the cooler temperature assisted RFS crews.”
In an unrelated matter police on Thursday charged a 32-year-old man with charges ranging from assault and intimidate to causing malicious damage.
Police say the man assaulted a 24-year-old woman and damaged property belonging to a 26-year-old woman in a domestic violence related incident.
In a separate incident a46-year-old woman was on Thursday charged with goods in custody and possessing prohibited drugs.
Police stopped the woman in Dalton Street and she was unable to provide proof of purchase for a number of grocery bags in her vehicle.
She will face Orange Local Court on Monday, March 6.
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