Map the Miner destroyed in fire
Thursday, 1 June 2006
Reporter: Ivy Bateman & Leah MacLennan
Presenter: Roger Taylor
The town of Kapunda has lost its local landmark, after Map the Miner was destroyed by fire this morning.
The nine-metre, fibreglass statue that sits at the town�s entrance represents the region's Cornish mining history.
At about 5.30am this morning a motorist travelling on Adelaide Road at the southern entrance to Kapunda allegedly saw the statue on fire.
Kapunda MFS & Kapunda CFS attended and as it took considerable time to extinguish the statue, it was severely damaged.
The statue is owned by Light Regional Council and cost about $100,000.00 in 1988.
Bruce Shepherd from the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre says the statue was listed alongside the big pineapple and the big banana as one of Australia's 'big things'.
He says the community is feeling a sense of loss:
�Everyone's feeling pretty sick about it. The ones who've heard it on the news...
�There's been a few phone calls and people have been down to see it and (are) thoroughly disgusted with it�, he said.
Due to suspicious circumstances, the fire is being investigated by Barossa CIB and Crime Scene Investigators.
Police are asking for any person who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the statue at that time or any person who may have information about the fire to contact them.
Last Updated: 1/06/2006 4:21:00 PM ACST
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