Fire evac­u­a­tion plan urged af­ter lucky es­cape

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Edmunds

Fire­fight­ers have stressed the im­por­tance of res­i­dents hav­ing a fire evac­u­a­tion plan af­ter a woman man­aged to es­cape a house fire in Al­bany yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Al­bany Fire and Res­cue were called to the home on Sey­mour Street at 11.45am af­ter roof in­su­la­tion caught fire and spread to the kitchen.

Three fire­fight­ing units ex­tin­guished the fire within an hour but an es­ti­mated $30,000 dam­age was caused.

Al­bany Fire and Res­cue sta­tion of­fi­cer Greg Mar­shall said it took two fire­fight­ers in breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and one hose reel to douse the fire af­ter it was be­lieved it be­gan from ex­haust fan wiring over­heat­ing the in­su­la­tion.

“That has caused an ex­haust fan to melt, fall down onto a bench­top, which has set the plas­tic door of a mi­crowave on fire,” he said. “So there was flame in the roof and lower on the bench.

“The lady was home at the time and some orange caught her eye and she got out and called us and did the right thing.”

Mr Mar­shall said the oc­cu­pant quickly got out of the home and waved down fire crews.

“It’s im­por­tant to have a fire plan. Should it hap­pen, what are you go­ing to do and where are you go­ing to evac­u­ate to,” he said.

“She went to the next block so we could see her.”

Mr Mar­shall said it was cru­cial in­su­la­tion was not placed over wiring and es­pe­cially down­lights.

Pic­ture: Tim Edmunds

Fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guish the blaze.

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