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Cheers to a young firey
A CFA volunteer from Tylden Fire Brigade has saved his local Pig and Whistle pub at Trentham East after noticing smoke while passing by.
A plumber by trade, 27 year-old Liam Miles was driving home last Thursday (23 May) around 3pm when he noticed the smoke coming from the eaves of the popular pub.
By the time he pulled over, his CFA pager went off so he knew his local brigade would be on their way soon. He changed into his personal protective clothing (PPC) and used the ladder from his ute to find the source of the smoke, which appeared to be near the fireplace.
Liam said the fire was only small at that stage so with the help of the owner of a house across the road and a patron of the pub, they found a garden hose in the front yard of a house.
“I couldn’t find a tap to attach the hose to but instead found a pipe with the end capped off so I grabbed a tap out my tool box and fitted the garden tap,” he said.
The hose was connected and Liam was able to put the fire out before the local CFA arrived, saving the pub from major damage.
“When the brigade arrived, I then assisted with the removal of the roofing and overhaul of the fire,” Liam said.
“I guess in this instance, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
“I’m just lucky I had the right tools in my car and my firefighting skills to assist me.”
Liam was previously a Lieutenant at Macedon Fire Brigade but decided to move up to Tylden where he bought a house and joined the local fire brigade.
The fire was contained to the roof space above the main bar area.
A Field Command Vehicle from Kyneton and eight trucks from Trentham, Tylden, Woodend and Spring Hill attended the scene.
The chimney was believed to be the cause of the fire.
The Pig and Whistle pub remains open for business thanks to Liam and more than 30 CFA volunteers.