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Bug zapper blaze in Vermont South

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01 Jan 2014
An incorrectly installed bug zapper is to blame for a fire causing more than $80,000 damage

A “bug zapper”, inappropriately placed out in the garden rather than being suspended from a hook, sparked a blaze that caused more than $80,000 damage to two properties in Vermont South yesterday.

Crews were called to the home in Wilpena Place, Vermont South, just before 8am.

They discovered heat from the bug zapper had set mulch and some newly coated garden sleepers alight.

The fire quickly spread to an enclosed veranda and was on the verge of spreading into the roof space when firefighters arrived.

The radiant heat broke several windows of the house next door despite them being covered by aluminium shutters.

The fire took 15 minutes to being under control with both properties lucky they were not more seriously damaged.

 

ATTENDING  APPLIANCES: 7

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 24

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