Sellers' box razed in suspected arson at Kempsey saleyards

Destroyed: The burnt-out sellers' box before it was cleared to make way for a replacement. Photo: Supplied.

Destroyed: The burnt-out sellers' box before it was cleared to make way for a replacement. Photo: Supplied.

A sellers’ box at the Kempsey saleyards has been completely destroyed in what appears to be a “pretty ordinary” act of arson. 

The box, which sellers work from during stock sales, was razed over Sunday night, June 18.

Initial estimates had the box at 35-40 years old, with a replacement slated to cost about $20,000. 

On Tuesday, the burned remnants were cleared and a new concrete slab was laid for the construction of a new box by staff from Kempsey Shire Council and Ray White.

Council’s Dan Lomas it was a “pretty ordinary act”.

A new concrete slab is laid after the burnt-out box (background) was cleared.

A new concrete slab is laid after the burnt-out box (background) was cleared.

Mr Lomas said there was “bugger all left” of the box following the fire.  

Sales are due to be held at the yards on the Thursday and Friday.

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