Fire ef­fort thanked

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

My wife and I were walk­ing around Nickol the other night and no­ticed a large pall of smoke com­ing from a street quite near our house.

We went to investigate and found a prop­erty alight.

Some of the neigh­bours had al­ready called the fire brigade so a group of us waited and watched as the fire ad­vanced.

The fire brigade ar­rived and they were most im­pres­sive.

Per­son­nel in their yel­low pro­tec­tive cloth­ing rushed about the place — one scouted around the ex­te­rior of the house check­ing for in­jured peo­ple or an­i­mals, an­other was up a lad­der to re­move the fuse and kill power to the prop­erty and an­other ripped the lid off the fire main valve and in­stalled the stand­pipe.

Hoses were run while oth­ers in­spected the house as best they could.

Of­fi­cers called to see if there was any per­son or an­i­mals trapped in­side.

The hoses then sprung into ac­tion, quickly dous­ing the vis­i­ble flames and soon op­er­a­tives were in­side the house putting out any resid­ual fires and check­ing for struc­tural in­tegrity.

Mean­while, an of­fi­cer took notes and in­ter­viewed the by­standers to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire. Sadly, the fire ap­pears to have been de­lib­er­ately lit and an­other pub­lic prop­erty has been de­stroyed, but it was re­ward­ing to watch our vol­un­teer fire brigade staff.

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