Thousands of northern New South Wales residents will be without phone service for days after the Telstra tower in Mullumbimby was deliberately set on fire.
Fire crews were called to the scene early Friday morning where they found the tower fully involved in flames.
They quickly established that the fire was deliberately started and NSW police are now conducting a criminal investigation.
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It comes after flood waters wreaked havoc on northern New South Wales, putting many Mullumbimby homes and businesses underwater.
Recovery efforts have now been further hampered with people unable to use their phones within the area.
Telstra has said it’ll be days before they’re able to re-establish reception to the area with the tower servicing thousands of homes in the disaster zone.
Local MP Justine Elliot took to Facebook to condemn the deplorable action, slamming it for further crippling the community which is trying to recover from the recent floods.