Two inmates could face charges over a fire in a Goulburn Jail cell on Monday.
Corrective Services confirmed that two maximum-security inmates, aged 26 and 28, called for help when their cell began filling with smoke and flames from a self-lit fire at about 1.30pm.
NSW Fire and Rescue was called to the facility but two Corrections officers rushed to their cell and extinguished the outbreak before the unit arrived.
“Without the officers’ quick response, these two inmates might have suffered from more than just smoke inhalation,” Commissioner Peter Severin said.
“The inmates should be very grateful that their foolish actions in starting a fire did not have a more serious result. I applaud the officers involved for their professional response to this incident.”
The two inmates were taken to Goulburn Base Hospital for assessment and released soon after. Investigations are continuing and the inmates may face charges over the fire.
Escapee in court
Meantime, an inmate who escaped from Goulburn jail on Friday could re-appear in court this week.
Mark Tazelaar, 37, was charged with escape lawful custody, after police recaptured him at Seven Hills home early Sunday morning.
He had absconded from the demountables area near the Maud Street prison sometime before 1.30pm Friday. Officers noticed him missing when he failed to turn up to muster.
Tazelaar did not apply for bail and it was formally refused when he appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday. The matter was adjourned to Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday. However with court not sitting on that day, the case may be heard on Thursday or Wednesday, October 17. Police could not confirm a date.
A chimney fire was extinguished at the The Loaded Dog Hotel in Tarago on October 5.
Tarago RFS responded to the fire reported at 6.50pm and contained it to the chimney.
Residents are reminded to ensure their chimneys are regularly inspected and cleaned of debris.
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