Worrigee bushfire started by nine-year-old with a blowtorch

QUICK ACTION: A number of South Coast Police investigated Tuesday's suspicious fire at Worrigee, which a nine-year-old boy admitted to starting with a blowtorch.
QUICK ACTION: A number of South Coast Police investigated Tuesday's suspicious fire at Worrigee, which a nine-year-old boy admitted to starting with a blowtorch.

A nine-year-old boy admitted he started a fire on the NSW South Coast with a blowtorch on Tuesday.

On a day where the Shoalhaven area faced catastrophic fire conditions, emergency services were called to a small fire in long grass off Worrigee around 11.35am on Tuesday.

The fire, which was quickly extinguished by NSW Fire and Rescue Nowra and an Ulladulla Rural Fire Service crew, burnt out an area of grass and bush about 10 metres by 20 metres in an area adjacent to Sullivan Street.

Suspicious over the cause of the fire, a number of South Coast District Police officers arrived at the area to investigate.

Officers spoke to a number of residents, as well as a nine-year-old boy, who was with a group of other children, and subsequently made admissions to lighting the fire with a blowtorch.

South Coast Police spoke to a number of residents about Tuesday's fire at Worrigee.

South Coast Police spoke to a number of residents about Tuesday's fire at Worrigee.

Due to the child's age, he was issued a warning under the Young Offenders Act.

A total state-wide fire ban remains in place, and has now been extended to Wednesday.

A total fire ban means no fires out in the open, which helps limit the potential of fires developing.

During a total fire ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause a fire.

General purpose hot works (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame) are not to be done in the open.

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