Source: The Mercury, 28 February, 2001, p.??
By HARRIET BINET A FIRE, believed to have been deliberately lit, forced the evacuation of the Supreme Courts in Hobart yesterday. The blaze started just after 4pm in a cypress tree about 10m from the court building. It quickly spread to adjoining trees and threatened to enter the court building roof. Hobart Fire Brigade Station Officer Greg Butters said the priority was to protect the building and stop the fire spreading into the nearby guttering and roof cavity. Two windows were cracked and smoke damaged the outside wall and rooms of the building. Because of the abundance of dead material in the 20m tall cypress, Mr Butters said the blaze was intense and quickly engulfed nearby trees. Police said the incident was suspicious and witnesses were asked to contact Crimestoppers. The spectacular fire drew a large crowd of onlookers from nearby offices. Mark Skelton, Hobart City Council Parks and Landscape manager, said four trees between 30 and 60 years old were destroyed.
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