Historic Ranfurly building burns down

10:32, Jan 22 2013

A historic mud-brick building has been burnt down after catching fire near Ranfurly.

Ranfurly and Naseby fire crews were called to a fire at a property on Dougherty Rd west of Ranfurly at 8.40pm.

Ranfurly chief fire officer James Hazlett said the building was an old homestead bunkhouse owned by Doctari Safaris.

The building was well ablaze when crews arrived and along with trying to contain the fire in the building, firefighters had to make sure the fire did not spread to nearby vegetation, Mr Hazlett said.

Foam and flame retardant was spread around the vegetation while the fire was contained.

A hunter who was staying in the building was away when the fire took hold.

The man returned and it was believed he called the fire in, Mr Hazlett said.

Although he was not injured in the fire, the man did need medical attention after suffering from what appeared to be stress or shock, Mr Hazlett said.

Crews would remain at the scene to dampen down hot spots for a further hour, Mr Hazlett said.

The cause of the fire was not yet known, Mr Hazlett said.

‘‘We haven’t been able to talk with the hunter at this stage,’’ he said.

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