Lea Emery

Coronial inquiry call to investigate washing machine blazes

TWO Sydney mothers are pushing for a state coronial inquiry into Samsung's execution of a massive recall of washing machines that have sparked house fires across the country.

Fire and Rescue NSW said it was considering whether to refer a request by affected customers Tarnya Allen and Di Fisher to the NSW Coroner to investigate Samsung washing machine-sparked blazes.

It can use powers under the Fire Brigades Act to trigger a state coronial inquiry - whether or not someone has died.

It has responded to 49 fires in the past 3.5 years, some of which were caused by repaired units with the controversial plastic bag-and-tape fix that an expert slammed as "deficient".

"Our fire investigators are currently reviewing Samsung-related incidents for those which may be suitable for investigation by the Coroner. A referral has not as yet been made," said ‎assistant commissioner Mark Whybro.

Brisbane Times


Second Aussie case of blood clot linked to Astra jab

Premium Content Second Aussie case of blood clot linked to Astra jab

A second case involving an Aussie recipient of the AstraZeneca jab

Replays: Watch action from day 2 of state cricket titles

Premium Content Replays: Watch action from day 2 of state cricket titles

Watch the Queensland under 16 cricket boys finals

‘Big, big news’: Cop-killer’s chilling warning

Premium Content ‘Big, big news’: Cop-killer’s chilling warning

A day later, he would shoot and kill Senior Constable Brett Forte