An elderly man has been arrested for allegedly breaching the state’s total fire ban, by cooking on an old stove.
Police were called to a rural property at Wongawilli in the Illawarra at about 1am this morning, where they saw a fire being used under a carport area.
Officers allege that hot ash was falling to the ground from the damaged stove.
Police say they tried to extinguish the flame, but the 70-year-old man repeatedly stopped them from doing so.
He was subsequently arrested as officers put out the fire.
The man has been charged and ordered to appear before Port Kembla Local Court in April.