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Man unconscious near fire

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November 02, 2017

A man was lucky to escape a burning caravan in Jersey St, Tocumwal on Sunday morning, according to authorities.

It is believed the man was found unconscious by emergency services about 15m from the blaze.

Tocumwal Fire & Recuse was called to the property about 7.30am, after receiving a number of calls.

Acting Tocumwal brigade Captain Andrew Wilmot said two NSW Fire & Rescue trucks arrived on scene and firefighters were able to control the fire quickly.

Capt Wilmot said he believed the man to be the owner of the property and caravan.

‘‘We managed to contain the blaze within a couple of minutes,’’ Capt Wilmot said.

‘‘There were also two Rural Fire Service trucks, one police and one ambulance at the scene.

‘‘We’re not sure what caused the fire but we’re not treating it as suspicious.

‘‘Damage was caused by radiant heat to a mower and forklift.’’

Fire crews took over 30 minutes to go through the damage after gaining control of the fire. The caravan was completely destroyed.

Witness Sergio Redegalli, whose business neighbours the property, said it was ‘‘pretty scary’’.

‘‘At first I was called and told my business was on fire,’’ he said.

‘‘When we turned into Jersey St, it was a sense of both relief it wasn’t my business but then ‘oh my god look at what is happening’.’’

The Southern Riverina News understands the property owner resides in Melbourne but frequently visits Tocumwal.

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