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Busted in Caro
At approximately 4pm yesterday (19February), Caroline Springs brigade and MFB were paged to a reported house fire in Loddon Drive, Taylors Hill.
On arrival, crews found a single-storey brick house with fire showing from a back room. “We couldn’t see any smoke coming here until we pulled into the street, where the street was blanketed,” explains Station Officer Walker from Caroline Springs.
With further appliances arriving from Caroline Springs and MFB, an internal search and firefight was undertaken, finding that no one was home at the time. Once extinguished, and the smoke cleared, the house was found to contain an illegal hydroponic set-up.
With the use of a thermal imaging camera, the room of fire origin and the ceiling space were checked for hotspots, and doused immediately so that the police could undertake their investigation.
Luckily for the police, the resident of the home happened to race into the scene after seeing his house on fire, without thinking that police would like to have a word with him. After a new set of bracelets was presented to the occupier (handcuffs), he was led away for questioning.
Appliances on scene were;
Caroline Springs – Pumper, Pumper-Tanker, Tanker 1.
MFB – Pumper-Tanker 48, Water Tanker 51.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Victoria Police, but initial observations indicate it may have been an electrical cause.
The Officer in Charge was Station Officer Ken Walker from Caroline Springs brigade.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Photographer.