Crews battle three blazes

Res­i­dents grab hoses, buck­ets to com­bat fires

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - BLAKE ANTROBUS JES­SICA LAMB

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS were forced to battle three blazes in as many hours in Her­vey Bay.

If not for the quick ac­tions of Golden Shores res­i­dents yes­ter­day, part of the Fraser Coast nurs­ing home could have been en­gulfed in fire.

Sev­eral re­tirees were forced to com­bat the blaze that broke out near the re­tire­ment vil­lage’s east­ern perime­ter about noon yes­ter­day, un­til Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices ar­rived at 12.30pm..

Patti-Sue Rutherford, who lives in one of the units in the com­plex, said if she wasn’t home at the time, her place would have been up in flames.

“Ev­ery avail­able hose was be­ing used to fight the fire,” Ms Rutherford told the Chron­i­cle.

“I’m just glad I was home at the time.”

Em­bers from the fire singed Ms Rutherford’s lawn when the wind picked up.

Two crews from the Ru­ral and Ur­ban Fire Bri­gades ar­rived about 12.30pm, ac­com­pa­nied by po­lice and paramedics. The fire was brought un­der con­trol about 1pm.

Po­lice said they were not treat­ing the fire as sus­pi­cious at the mo­ment.

The event came as a shock to res­i­dents Brian Tay­lor and Anne South­gate. They were about to eat their lunch when they saw smoke bil­low­ing from the nearby bush.

“The em­bers were blow­ing right into the roof, and we were won­der­ing whether to spray the fire or the house,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“We grabbed the hose and tried to con­trol it, and ev­ery­one started grab­bing buck­ets and help­ing out.”

The vil­lage was not evac­u­ated at the time.

About 3pm in Urangan, a green­house burst into flames at the back of Souther­den St prop­erty. Once again mem­bers of the pub­lic stepped up to fight the blaze with gar­den hoses be­fore two fire crews ar­rived.

A res­i­dent of Souther­den St told the Chron­i­cle she had rushed to her neigh­bour’s home with her gar­den hose as she was wor­ried over­grown grass on the va­cant block next to the green­house would spread the fire.

“I have been wor­ried about the length of the grass for some time,” she said.

“I was scared it would spread

‘‘ EV­ERY AVAIL­ABLE HOSE WAS BE­ING USED TO FIGHT THE FIRE. I’M JUST GLAD I WAS HOME AT THE TIME.

PATTI RUTHERFORD, GOLDEN SHORES RES­I­DENT

to nearby homes but the fire­fight­ers have done a great job.”

Dur­ing that time, one crew was called away to help with a scrub fire that broke out at the mo­bil­ity cor­ri­dor next to Barn­sta­ple St, Torquay. Five fire­fight­ers had it un­der con­trol by 3.20pm

Pho­tos: Alis­tair Bright­man

UP IN FLAMES: Fire­fight­ers put out a blaze in a green­house be­hind a res­i­dence on Souther­den St, Torquay.

Res­i­dent Patti-Sue Rutherford in front of her house in the vil­lage shows where em­bers burnt the lawn.

Fire­fight­ers battle a blaze in bush­land be­tween Barn­sta­ple St and the mo­bil­ity cor­ri­dor in Torquay.

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