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Mathoura church fire under investigation

Investigators are looking into the cause of a Mathoura church hall fire last week.

JESS CRAIG January 22, 2014 4:20am

St.Andrews Church Hall in Mathoura burning on the January 16. Photo: Sam Dinan

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which destroyed a Mathoura church hall on Thursday.

Deniliquin police said they didn’t believe the fire was suspicious but investigations would continue until the cause was determined.

‘‘It’s an old building with old wiring,’’ Inspector Ben Granger said.

‘‘The fire started on the eastern side of the building where there was an old air-conditioning unit, but no determinations have been made at this stage.’’

The fire on Thursday night razed part of the St Andrews Church hall to the ground.

Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control about 11pm.

Church elders told the Riv last week a decision would be made about whether to rebuild once an assessor had inspected the damage.

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