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Busy day for firefighters
District 7 fire brigades were kept busy yesterday (December 23) and overnight attending a range of incidents including a grassfire, hazmat, house fire, rescue and car accident.
Seven trucks from Bannockburn, Barrabool, Geelong West, Gnarwarre and Stonehaven were first called to a grassfire at Stonehaven around 11.30am yesterday.
Firefighters were faced with hot and windy conditions and the potential for the fire to spread quickly. Thanks to the quick response of brigades and resources the fire was able to be brought under control quickly and contained to about two hectares.
Just before 7.30pm last night Geelong City firefighters attended an incident where a car and truck had collided at South Geelong. Crews were on scene for more than an hour helping to remove a person from their vehicle. The trapped driver suffered spinal injuries.
A short time later Corio and Geelong City crews were called to a house fire in Iris Street, Norlane.
Operations Officer Mick McGuiness said the house was well alight when firefighters arrived taking about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
He said the house was unoccupied at the time and has been totally destroyed.
The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious and is being investigated by police.
About 8.30pm Corio and Lara CFA responded to a call of a car leaking gas in the driveway of a house at McCubbin Court, Corio.
OO McGuiness said fortunately due to the location of the leak, crews were able to isolate it quickly and make sure the area was safe.
Just after 10.30pm Geelong City firefighters assisted in the rescue of two women stuck in a lift at an apartment building in Geelong.
About half an hour later, Geelong City and Corio Fire Brigades were called back to Norlane for a reignition of the earlier Iris Street house fire.
OO McGuiness said the hot weather and wind had seen a flare-up of the fire in the wall cavity of the house. It was brought under control quickly.