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Off-duty firefighter battles Fairfield blaze with garden hose

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23 Feb 2016
An off-duty firefighter has saved neighbouring homes from being destroyed after a blaze in Fairfield this afternoon.

It was midday when Station Officer Chris Hare was returning from giving a presentation on his day off and saw black smoke coming from a single-storey home on Monamore Street.

He parked his car and ran down an adjacent street, where he evacuated residents from neighbouring units.

He then grabbed a garden hose and started to attack the fire, protecting the exposed units until MFB crews arrived on scene minutes later.

The fire tore through the home, which is being rented by three young men in their 20s, with the roof collapsing into the burning property.

Firefighters battled from the ground and using aerial appliances and were able to stop the fire from spreading to any of the homes around it. The fire was deemed under control at 12.44pm.

Commander Frank Besanko has nothing but praise for Mr Hare’s initial efforts and Station Officer Doug Murphy who managed the Incident.

“Given the ferocity of the wind and the heat they were facing, the firefighters have done an outstanding job containing the fire and preventing it from spreading,” Cmdr Besanko said.

Seven firefighting appliances attended the incident.

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