FIRE ‘ACCIDENT’ DESTROYS HOME
22 CFA UNITS, WATER BOMBERS FIGHT BLAZE
A FIRE sparked by a lawnmower destroyed a Heathcote home on Saturday and spread across five properties.
Two water bombers had to be called in along with 22 CFA units to bring the fire under control.
The blaze started in Yemm Lane and at one stage threatened two other houses, caravans and cars.
Residents were praised by fire crews for having their properties fire ready which helped prevent a greater disaster.
AN ACCIDENTAL fire sparked by a lawnmower around 3pm on Saturday destroyed a Heathcote home and spread across five properties.
The out-of-control blaze which originated in Yemm Lane took 22 CFA units and two water bombers to be brought under control.
Heathcote Fire Brigade Captain Carl Watkins said the fire could have caused a lot more damage.
‘‘It seriously threatened two other houses, two caravans, 10 cars and a large shed,’’ he said.
‘‘It had the potential to be a lot worse.
‘‘We were lucky when one of the helicopters had to be grounded three more trucks arrived at the right time.’’
Mr Watkins said residents on the threatened properties did all the right things.
‘‘They all prepared their properties well,’’ he said.
‘‘They may have been safe but you never know — the fire got within five metres of some properties.’’
The Heathcote crew were joined by crews from Costerfield, Mount Camel, Knowsley, Mia Mia, Redesdale, Pyalong and Tooborac.
The occupants of the house were able to retrieve some personal belongings on Sunday.
‘‘We were able to take the occupants back to the house where they retrieved a lot of stuff,’’ Mr Watkins said.
‘‘They got a fair bit of jewellery and clothing that virtually only had smoke damage. ‘‘It is good to see.’’ Mr Watkins said all firefighters handled the blaze well.
‘‘Although we couldn’t save the house, we did all we could and worked very well,’’ he said.
LOSING BATTLE— The weatherboard house in the path of the grassfire caused by a lawnmower on an adjacent property could not be saved despite the best efforts of some of the 22 CFA units which battled the blaze in Yemm Lane.
The charred remains around the weatherboard home caught in the path of the fire.
The fire burns around a dam.
Tankers arrive on the scene to control the fire.
CFA crews set up around the fire cordon.
One of two water bombers called in to help.
The blackened aftermath of the blaze.