Investigations of fire at Catholic Church, Brewongle

Investigations of fire at Catholic Church, Brewongle

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

Investigations are in place after a former church in Brewongle was burnt down.

The blaze broke out in the Catholic Church on Tarana Road around 2pm Monday.

Multiple fire brigades were called to the scene to discover the entire structure of the building had been engulfed in flames.

NSW Rural Fire Service O’Connell Brigade captain Phil le Breton said crews had to gather water from neighbouring properties to attempt to control the blaze.

“It would have taken an hour to extinguish the blaze,” Mr le Breton said.

Captain le Breton added the strong winds spread the fire towards a nearby workshed, and into grassed areas alongside the railway track.

The former church had been used as a storage shed for a number of years.

Bathurst Heritage Matters’ Sandy Bathgate said the building is a tragic loss to the heritage of the area.

“[The church was] a modest unpainted corrugated iron building amongst the trees with distinctive peaked windows,” he said. “This was St Columbkillie R.C. Church, Depression built, circa 1930.”

A total of six hectares was burnt, with the railway line being closed for several hours as a safety precaution.

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