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Different line of attack
Limited access called for a different line of attack for a garage fire in Aspendale Gardens on Thursday morning.
Firefighters from Edithvale and Patterson River arrived on scene at approximately 9am to find smoke issuing from the roof and doorways of a brick veneer freestanding garage.
Due to the layout of the corner property, the initial attack line was taken through the front door of the house and straight through to the rear yard to gain access to the garage rear door. During the internal attack by crews wearing breathing apparatus, six 9-litre LPG cylinders were removed and with the aid of a thermal imaging camera crews were able to keep the fire damage to a minimum.
Once the initial attack rendered the fire manageable, a quick cut saw was used to remove the panel lift double garage door to assist with access and to fully extinguish the fire.
The cause of the fire was determined to be a chest freezer in the garage.
The garage contained significant amounts of catering equipment, associated with the Indian restaurant owned by the occupant.
Incident Controller Captain Graham Fountain from Edithvale praised the efforts of the crews in what was somewhat of a difficult firefight, given the initial access issues. He went on to acknowledge the value of the thermal imaging camera in minimising damage and allowing firefighters to quickly locate the seat of the fire.
Appliances attending the call were Edithvale pumper and tanker, with support from Paterson River pumper.