Early Monday evening there was an incident at Mount Gambier Presbyterian in which our waste bins were set alight and three windows were broken (with damage to flooring inside caused by the objects thrown through the windows.)
We’re appreciative of the member of the public who promptly reported the fire and for the thorough attendance of the Fire Brigade and Police.
It seems to be an isolated and random occurrence.
We don’t know anything about the personal circumstances of the person who did the damage, apart from what is mentioned below, but our first response is one of sorrow for his situation and hope that he didn’t injure himself.
Events such as these bring to mind the ongoing need for our amazing local mental health workers to have more adequate resources provided to support them; hopefully our State Government will act on that need and move toward raising our local services toward those that other places enjoy.
Here’s SAPOL’s report and a few photos.
A 23-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested after a fire at the Presbyterian Church on Allison St, Mount Gambier. At around 7.30pm police and fire crews were called to the church after reports of a fire, and arrived to find a number of windows had been smashed and bins set on fire.
The man was located at the church and was arrested and was taken to the Mount Gambier Hospital for a mental health assessment.