AND MORE FIRES PREDICTED FOR WEEKEND
A NUMBER of house fires have blazed through the Callide Dawson region over the last few weeks. Moura firefighters have been called to five separate house fires with three homes condemned. Heavy winds are predicted this weekend and local firies fear this weekend could see a few grass fires from fallen power lines. This is only the beginning of what will be a hot summer with a busy fire season.
MOURA firefighters have attended five house fires in the space of a little over three weeks.
Four of the fires were in Moura and the fifth in Woorabinda.
Fire station captain Patrick Hollands said, while all the fires were unrelated incidents, they all came down to the one main cause.
“Most of it seems to be around electrical issues.”
On July 20, a bathroom fan caught fire in a house in Davey St.
“It was a malfunction to a exhaust fan and we also had the same thing in accommodation in Moura’s Town Camp last Friday night,’’ Mr Hollands said.
Firefighters were also called to a Moura house fire on July 26.
“That one was a cooking issue, an amber from a stove,” Mr Hollands said.
There was a house fire on Nobbs St last Friday, followed by another fire at Woorabinda.
“Unfortunately the house at Woorabinda burnt to the ground because of the distance we had to travel,” Mr Hollands said.
“The residents suspected the fire to be from an air conditioner in that one.”
Mr Hollands said all fires were related to maintenance issues.
“It wouldn’t hurt to have a licensed electrician come to your home and do an annual check of all the wiring and electrical items,” he said.
“Because we do have old wiring and possums and rodents who do get into things and chew wiring in roofs and everything.”
As summer rapidly approaches, the dry winter will be making for a hot summer with a higher chance of fires.
“We are expecting a fairly busy fire season over the season,” Mr Hollands said.
“We are trying to do hazard reduction fires over the coming weekends and we have already done some.”
The fire captain encouraged everyone to take extra precautions in their homes.
“People leaving TVs and appliances on, toaster switches turned on at the wall when they leave for work, they can catch on fire,” Mr Hollands said.
“Or if you go away for an extended period of time, turn everything off.”
Getting your smoke alarms checked regularly is also important.
“Smoke alarms are worth their weight in gold, they are an item that is priceless.
“They alerted the neighbour in one of the fires recently.”
Planning and preparations can also go a long way.
“Talk to your children and your family about an escape plan, where you are going to meet,” Mr Hollands said.
“And when you get outside make sure everyone is accounted for and for no reason at all should you go back in, not for car keys or to grab anything at all.
“Because then it turns into a rescue not a fire.”
DESTROYED: The house in Nobbs St at Moura which was burnt to the ground last Friday.