Teen boys accused of lighting fire that shut down NSW highway

Three teenage boys have been issued with cautions after allegedly deliberately lighting a fire that forced the closure of a NSW highway for over an hour.

A police officer who was travelling south on the Monaro Highway near Cooma around midday on Friday, came across the blaze after noticing smoke coming from a nearby building.

He pulled over to assist two residents who were attempting to extinguish the grass fire that had spread to the building.


It wasn’t long before the blaze made it’s way across the Monaro Highway, forcing it to close for over an hour while NSW Fire and Rescue attempted to extinguish the flames.

Thankfully fire crews managed to get the upper hand and were able to extinguish the blaze.

Following investigations, two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy attended Cooma Police Station earlier this week.

They were each issued cautions and will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.