Fireys’ warning on BBQs
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning to the public after a barbecue caught fire.
Gladstone firefighters responded to reports of a shed blaze at Glen Eden yesterday afternoon where they found smoke billowing from a shed.
The house owner and neighbour had fought the fire with a hose and an extinguisher.
When fireys arrived, they entered the shed and extinguished the flames.
The source of the fire was a Weber barbecue.
Firefighters determined the Weber’s gas valve had been switched off.
“We ruled out (a problem with) the ignition,” Mr Smith said, adding that the barbecue had last been used a couple of days before.
“I’m of the belief there was some residue, still some burning material smouldering, possibly in the tray that catches the fat,” he said.
“It finally got going with this hot weather and the rest of the barbecue caught fire.”
Station officer Smith warned people to make sure they cleaned their barbecues in this hot weather regularly to ensure there was not a build-up of fats and residue.”