Emergency services quick to respond to Morton Street fire

MOREE fire-fighters, police and paramedics battled Alice Street bumper-to-bumper traffic at the Moree bypass set of traffic lights – long-regarded by locals as a motoring nightmare – to quickly respond to a residential fire on Morton Street on Thursday afternoon.

A back-up unit from Moree Rural Fire Service was also called in to help extinguish the blaze, using a rear laneway as an access point.

Fire crews and police vehicles were forced to drive across nature strips and footpaths to access the blaze, with motorists caught up in the bottle-neck unable to allow vehicle clearance.

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Moree fire fighters quickly had a blaze in Morton Street under control on Thursday afternoon (Image: Bill Poulos).

The block of three units, neighbouring the former Moree Hotel building – once known as McElhone’s – was well alight when fire-fighters arrived.

The fire was also in close proximity to commercial LPG cylinders.

Local fire crews quickly had the fire contained after battling flames that leapt more than 20 metres at its peak, threatening nearby trees and adjacent buildings.

Police blockaded Morton Street in an attempt to keep onlookers and children at a safe distance.

“It is important that people stay well back – fire-fighters are concerned about gas cylinders close to the fire,” one officer said.

It appears that the set of units were completely destroyed in the fire.

It is unclear whether the units were vacant or tenanted however no-one was present at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

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