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PRE­STON Beach Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigade cap­tain Steve Thomas has praised the ef­forts of his fire­fight­ers who con­tained a house blaze at the beach­side town ear­lier this month.

The vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers re­sponded a fire at a home on Fair­way Ter­race “within min­utes” fol­low­ing a 000 dis­tress call from the oc­cu­pant at about 7.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 12.

A young mum called for help when she and her son saw smoke af­ter hear­ing a smoke alarm go off while stay­ing at their fam­ily hol­i­day home.

Mr Thomas said the brigade ar­rived just in time to pre­vent the fire from caus­ing any sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the house.

“My mem­bers were grin­ning from ear-to-ear af­ter the putting the fire out and that makes me very happy as a cap­tain,” Mr Thomas said.

Mr Thomas said the fire was started by a smoke alarm in the house, which is be­lieved to have been faulty.

The own­ers of the home pre­sented the brigade with “a very gen­er­ous gift ham­per” a few days af­ter the fire.

Mr Thomas said the own­ers were thank­ful for the brigade’s quick re­sponse and for en­sur­ing the safety of their daugh­ter and grand­son.

Pic­ture: Den­nis King

Pre­ston Beach Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigade's Sasha Byk­erk, 1st Lieu­tenant Don Beb­bing­ton, cap­tain Steve Thomas and Henk Byk­erk all worked to con­tain the blaze.

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