ORANGE police are investigating a suspicious fire at a sporting shed at Norton Park, a crime that made CYMS Junior Rugby League secretary Simone Arnold sick.
The shed was used by CYMS Junior Cricket Club and the rugby league club to house sporting equipment and lawnmowers.
Ms Arnold said the crime was devastating to all the volunteers who put hours into fundraising for the equipment.
“We just don’t have enough money to replace all that equipment or to replace the shed,” she said.
“It’s so infuriating that you put so much work into something and someone just comes along and trashes it.”
CYMS Junior Cricket Club suffered the most. The fire was set in the right-hand side of the shed where the club had bags of equipment containing pads and bats. The bags were destroyed, along with two lawnmowers.
“There was a bag of cricket equipment on top of the lawnmowers … how they didn’t blow up is beyond me,” she said.
Ms Arnold said the blaze occurred on Friday night after the rugby league club had spent hours setting up the field for games on Saturday.
“They came in sometime after we left and tore down all the mini posts we’d set up and ripped off the pads,” she said.
“They even stuck a bit of paper through to the left-hand side of the shed in the hope that the other side would catch alight too.”
Ms Arnold said when club officials arrived on Saturday there was a bin smouldering and graffiti through James Sheahan Catholic High School.
Principal Mark Pauschmann said he was disappointed at the senseless act.
“It’s taking away facilities used by the local community,” he said.
“I feel really disappointed.”
Anyone with information on the fire can contact Orange police on 6363 6399.
SUSPICIOUS: Police are investigating a fire at a Norton Park shed. Photo NICOLE KUTER 0805nkfire
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