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Heathmont resident tackles house fire with garden hose

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24 Apr 2017
A wood fire heater is suspected to have caused a Heathmont house fire this evening.

Just after 7pm, crews were called to a two storey weatherboard house on Great Ryrie Road; reports received were that the fire was working into the roof space of the house.

The occupants evacuated with one of them using a garden hose on the fire.  The first arriving crew requested more resources for the fire due to it spreading to the roof. MFB firefighters in Breathing Apparatus attacked the fire.

With the fire substantially extinguished crews in Breathing Apparatus are removing roof tiles and weatherboards to reach the seat of the fire.

The fire was declared Under Control after 24 minutes. Damage to the property is estimated to be about $20,000. A cause has not yet been identified but the flue of a wood fired heater is being investigated.

CFA crews from South Warrandyte and Bayswater were also responded to the call.  Ambulance Victoria set up a health sector to monitor the firefighters as they removed their breathing sets. Police were on scene assisting with crowd and traffic controls.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 24

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