Man charged with lighting fire that threatened NSW rail lines

A MAN has been charged with allegedly lighting a grass fire in the Hunter overnight.

Police say the 40-year-old allegedly poured accelerant on a vacant block of land on Elizabeth Street in Telarah around 9.20pm before igniting it.

The fire quickly spread towards nearby rail lines, before neighbours and a passing motorist managed to extinguish most of the blaze.


The man was arrested at the scene by officers and taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.

He was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today.