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Map the Miner destroyed in fire

Reporter: Ivy Bateman & Leah MacLennan

Presenter: Roger Taylor

photo of Map the Miner is engulfed in flames

Map the Miner is engulfed in flames

photo of Map the Miner before the fire

Map the Miner before the fire. Photo courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

photo of A closer look at the damage

A closer look at the damage sustained by Map the Miner during the fire.

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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