DFES posts reminder of Fremantle Prison fire on 30th anniversary

Photo: DFES/Facebook
Photo: DFES/Facebook
Photo: DFES/Facebook
Photo: DFES/Facebook
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THE Department of Fire and Emergency services has posted a reminder of the 1988 Fremantle Prison fire on its Facebook page, on the 30th anniversary of the fire.

A group of prisoners began a riot on January 4, 1988, setting fire to parts of the prison in the goal of escaping.

But the blaze, which was fuelled by lawnmower petrol, started a much larger fire than anticipated.

About 15 officers were taken hostage and injured during, but there were no fatalities.

The estimated cost of the damage was $1.8 million.

The prison was closed in November 1991, when prisoners were moved to the new Casuarina Prison.

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