Homes threatened by fire believed to be deliberately lit
A FIRE that threatened homes and the sawmill in Granville is believed to have been deliberately lit.
The blaze ignited about 1.15pm on Thursday, billowing smoke and ash around homes in Arnaud St, Banana St and Carmen Close.
Incident controller Andy Gossin said there is suspicion as to how the blaze started.
He said back-burning had been carried out in an effort to contain the fire.
Homes and the sawmill on Kinghorn Rd were originally under threat, but had been made safe by the quick response of fire crews.
Resident Tim Ehrich said while the smoke was not affecting him or his partner, he was concerned for elderly neighbours who might suffer from respiratory problems.
"I don't think they'll be coping too well," Mr Ehrich said.
The smoke was also impacting on motorists, with motorists urged to exercise caution while driving in the area.
Residents were also told to close windows and doors and to keep medication nearby if suffering from a respiratory condition.
The fire was brought under control about 2.30pm.
Another fire was also contained at River Heads yesterday.