75-year-old drover's caravan destroyed in a fire

Police investigate fire that destroyed a drover's caravan and truck near Hay


News
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed drover, Kevin Kernaghan's truck and caravan near Hay. Pictured here, the remains of the truck. Photo supplied.

Police are investigating a fire that destroyed drover, Kevin Kernaghan's truck and caravan near Hay. Pictured here, the remains of the truck. Photo supplied.

Aa

Drover will keep going despite a fire destroying his vehicles and equipment.

Aa

Police are investigating a fire that completely destroyed a 75-year-old drover's truck and caravan on Carrathool Road, north-east of Hay on Saturday evening.

Kevin Kernaghan returned from having a meal in Hay, to find his truck and caravan up in flames.

His daughter, Brooke Kernaghan, who was visiting Kevin at the time with her five-year-old daughter, said despite the firefighters efforts the truck, caravan and their contents, including motorbikes, could not be saved.

Kevin Kernaghan with his granddaughter Harper. Kevin has been droving for close to 65 years. Photo supplied.

Kevin Kernaghan with his granddaughter Harper. Kevin has been droving for close to 65 years. Photo supplied.

A second caravan was able to be rescued.

"We were able to unhook one caravan, Dad's actual home, from the truck and fight the fire on its door before it went up," Ms Kernaghan said.

Ms Kernaghan said her Dad had been on the road his entire life, following in the droving footsteps of his father and grandfather.

"He never thought something like this would happen to him," she said.

But despite the losses, Ms Kernaghan said Kevin is not likely to retire from droving anytime soon.

"It's just his way of life, Dad loves it," she said.

"He just can't sit still, he has to look out and see cattle."

They said the response from the Hay community and social media was unbelievable.

"We had no clothes so the locals opened up the op shop for us and let us go in a grab some things," Ms Kernaghan said.

While more than $1000 has already been raised for Kevin on a Go Fund Me page.

Hay police advised anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The remains of the caravan after Saturday night's fire. Photo supplied.

The remains of the caravan after Saturday night's fire. Photo supplied.

Aa

From the front page

Sponsored by