Arson suspected over ‘senseless’ shed fire
"A SENSELESS act by senseless people" is how Grafton Ghosts senior rugby league president Neil Payne describes the suspected arson that destroyed the front of the clubhouse's shed.
At 9pm on Sunday, fire crews were called to Frank McGuren Field to find the shed in flames.
By the time committee members arrived to assess the damage at 9.30pm, the fire had been extinguished but the disappointment was just sinking in.
"It's very frustrating," Mr Payne said.
"These people don't seem to realise that these things are built by volunteers. All the manual labour is done by volunteers and paid for by volunteers.
"It is very disappointing."
Junior club president Brett Nay said when he received the dreaded phone call on Sunday night, he was told the whole building was ablaze.
"I was pleasantly relieved when I arrived to see it was only the shed," Mr Nay said.
"If it was the whole building it would have been hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars worth of damage."
Mr Nay said there were 18 steel axles surrounded by melted plastic down one side of the building, where the garbage bins had completely burnt.
"It looks like whoever did it lit the bins on fire then it spread to the building," he said.
But a quick response from the emergency services ensured it did not spread to the rest of the complex.
"They saved what could have been an absolute catastrophe," Mr Nay said.
The club did not lose any equipment in the blaze.
It is the latest in a spate of fires in the past week, following incidents at Westlawn Public School and See Park.