Shed oil fire toll $20,000

Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey

A Bay­o­net Head shed fire that caused an es­ti­mated $20,000 in dam­age this week could have been much worse if not for the quick work of Al­bany fire­fight­ers.

About 2.40pm on Tues­day, fire­fight­ers at­tended a home on Elis­a­beth Street af­ter prop­erty owner Lau­rie Mirco called triple-0 re­quir­ing ur­gent as­sis­tance.

Mr Mirco had been burn­ing of­f­cuts on his prop­erty, which is sur­rounded by bush, when an em­ber from the fire made its way into the shed and lit oil and diesel he had been stor­ing in­side.

Mr Mirco said the oil was left over from a pre­vi­ous at­tempt to re­cy­cle it into biodiesel.

The blaze en­gulfed the en­tire shed and took about 45 min­utes for a team of fire­fight­ers to ex­tin­guish.

Al­bany Fire and Res­cue sta­tion of­fi­cer Graeme Hock­ley said when fire­fight­ers ar­rived they were con­fronted by a ma­jor blaze.

“The shed’s been to­tally de­stroyed, as well as the con­tents,” he said.

“The dol­lar value, I would prob­a­bly say, is in the vicin­ity of $20,000.”

Given Al­bany’s re­cent dry weather, Mr Hock­ley ad­vised res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant when con­duct­ing burns on their prop­erty.

“If you’re burn­ing small heaps of rub­bish, en­sure there’s a rea­son­able break be­tween the heaps you’re burn­ing and any other prop­erty,” he said.

Pic­ture: Toby Hussey

A fire­fighter mops up the Bay­o­net Head shed fire.

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