House goes up in flames

Fire gutted the house. 212980_03. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Brendan Rees

Fire has destroyed a garage and damaged part of a home in Clyde on Monday 10 August.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at Hillwood Street just after 12.30pm, to reports of a smoke issuing from a house.

Five CFA units from Clyde, Berwick and Cranbourne responded, supported by Fire Rescue Victoria.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus brought the blaze under control at 1.22pm but remained on scene until nearly 3pm.

Six occupants were luckily to have escaped uninjured.Duty Officer District 8 Arthur Haynes said the single-storey house was fully alight when firefighters arrived.

“The fire started in a double garage and progressed to the house,” Mr Haynes said.

“The garage area was totally destroyed but crews did a great job to minimise the damage caused to the house.”

Fire investigators attended and deemed the cause as accidental, he said.

Police were also on scene and set up a roadblock in the street.

CFA issued a smoke warning to nearby residents but advised there was no “immediate threat to the community and no action is required”.

A CFA spokesperson said the incident is a timely reminder for all residents to regularly service and maintain their electrical appliances, including heaters, and ensure working smoke detectors are installed.


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