FIRE ‘AC­CI­DENT’ DE­STROYS HOME

22 CFA UNITS, WA­TER BOMBERS FIGHT BLAZE

McIvor Times - - FRONT PAGE - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

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.

Photo:Con­trib­uted

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.

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