Suspicious fire damages roof of old Raj Mahal

Vandals lit a fire in the old Woolgoolga Raj Mahal building.
Vandals lit a fire in the old Woolgoolga Raj Mahal building.

IT'S lucky the Woolgoolga Fire Station is so close to the Raj Mahal as the response to another deliberately lit fire showed this week.

Firefighters have had their hands full in recent weeks extinguishing a series of deliberately lit fires within the dilapidated building.

The latest act of arson on Thursday saw flames enter the roof of the building and tie up fire crews for almost two hours. 

Passing motorists called the station around 10.30am after they saw smoke rising from the run-down site.

"After two phone calls were made to the station we had two tankers on scene in next to no time, supported by an appliance from the Coffs Harbour Fire Station," A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

"There have been a couple of little deliberately lit fires within the building recently.

"There has also been a fire lit in the stairwell of the building and another fire in the old cafe next to the Raj.

Police are investigating and members of the public are urged to keep an eye out for youths entering the building.

Firefighters will today meet with the company overseeing the site.

The Raj Mahal is earmarked to be demolished to make way for a supermarket once the right planning approvals are achieved.

Topics:  arson fire fire and rescue nsw raj mahal woolgoolga

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