Busy night: car smash, pool fire
AFTER towing two cars back from a Pacific Highway accident late on Friday night, the last thing Steve Harris and Edwin Cameron expected to be doing next was fighting a fire.
The Raven Smash Repairs employees had just left the damaged vehicles from the accident at Swan Creek in a holding yard at South Grafton when they noticed the air was full of smoke.
“Steve said, ‘That looks like a fire somewhere near your place’,” Edwin said.
It wasn’t long, however, before they realised the blaze was at the South Grafton pool complex.
“When we got there the flames were reaching six or seven metres into the air,” Steve said.
“There were only a couple of other people around at that stage.”
With the gates to the complex locked, Steve jumped the two-metre high fence and grabbed the fire hose which was about 10 metres from doors to the burning office area, while Edwin called the police and the fire brigade and used bolt cutters to open the gates.
“I put the hose onto the fire and stayed there until the fire brigade arrived,” Steve said.
“It was hard to tell if it was making any difference because it was a pretty big fire but it seemed to make it die down a bit.”
The Swan Creek accident on Friday night involved a Ford XR6 utility and a Toyota 4 Runner, which was left on its roof with three wheels torn off.
The driver of the utility suffered a serious leg injury.
“There was stuff everywhere on the road,” Steve and Edwin said. “They were all very lucky.”