In The Courier this week

KABOOM! Flames took hold of David Smith’s house in Mt Barker on Tuesday evening just minutes after a series of exploding gas bottles destroyed the adjacent garage.

Flames took hold of David Smith’s house in Mt Barker on Tuesday evening just minutes after a series of exploding gas bottles destroyed the adjacent garage.

Man survives massive blast in Mt Barker

The owner of a Mt Barker home destroyed by a series of explosions last week has told of how he escaped death only to see all his possessions destroyed in the resulting fireball.
Long-time Hills resident David Brenton Smith, pictured, has been left with nothing.
The disaster is believed to have been caused by a spark from a refrigerator igniting residual gas in his garage. This triggered a series of explosions, blowing apart the garage as flames engulfed Mr Smith’s Gallasch Drive house.
Mr Smith, a former mechanic, told The Courier he had been working in his garage decanting gas between two cylinders – a task that he had done countless times before.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Seat change: Hills MPs Isobel Redmond and Mark Goldsworthy will swap large slabs of their territories under a draft redistribution of SA’s electoral boundaries released last week.

  • Stamp of a approval: From romantic love letters, birthday cards, hives of bees and hairy tarantulas – the Nairne Post Office has sorted it all.

  • Brother in court: The twin brother of a man who murdered a NSW schoolteacher pawned the woman’s engagement ring, a court has heard.

  • Memories rekindled: When the Last Post bugle call crackled over the loud speaker at Macclesfield’s Battle of Long Tan 50th anniversary service last week, local RSL vice-president and Vietnam veteran Robert McNamara was thinking about an old mate from his army days.

  • Driver guilty: A man who caused a head-on crash nearly four years ago that claimed the life of Birdwood man Trevor Bird has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.


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