Oberon Abattoir gutted by fire

A LARGE fire ripped through the Oberon Abattoir early Tuesday morning causing extensive damage to the business, which had only reopened in February this year. 

Both the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Oberon Fire and Rescue were called to the Hazelgrove Road blaze at 2.57am.

On arrival they found the main building well alight. 

Inspector Mick Holland from Chifley RFS said there was extensive damage to one of the major buildings. 

"There were two appliances [fire trucks] from Fire and Rescue and three from the Rural Fire Service," he said. 

"One of the issues was that there was a major gas line that they [firies] had a bit of difficulty locating and isolating.

"They saved more than half of the structures there, they did an exceptional job."

The fire was extinguished at 5.06am.

Police and Rural Fire Service fire investigators are at the scene investigating the cause of the blaze. 

Earlier this year Oberon Abattoir manager Andrew McLeod told Fairfax Media that they were looking forward to serving local producers.

"We really want this to work,” he said.

Mr McLeod said the abattoir would employ around 45 people and would process lamb, goats, deer and cattle.