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Drama in Dromana
Brigades responded quickly to reports of a fire on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway near Arthurs Seat.
On Tuesday 14 January at around 5.45pm, multiple calls were received about a fire along the median strip near Lonsdale Street. As smoke was showing, all units responded Code 1 (lights and sirens) and 10 tankers were requested to attend.
With strong winds blowing, the fire quickly jumped the roadway and burnt through the tea-trees and other native bushes up the embankment and started ember attacks on adjoining homes.
Police units were called to block the freeway and all surrounding roads as the fire was still spreading. Air support arrived and had a major impact in slowing the fire down.
The cafe in the grounds of Heronswood House had a thatched roof and it came under heavy ember attack. Unfortunately, it couldn't be saved but the historic 19th century homestead was protected by crews and wasn't damaged.
Many homes in the area survived due to the hard work by firefighters.
Water pressure was a problem high up on the side of the mountain, so several booster points were set up to assist the fire fight. Several firefighters suffered from the effects of smoke and heat and were treated by Ambulance Victoria paramedics on site.
Due to the high temperatures, Dandenong brigade's Rehab Module helped to rehydrate crews on scene.
The power company was called as power lines burnt through and dropped on to nearby roadways where crews were working. Frankston BA van attended to refill BA sets used during the structure firefight.
Several strike teams responded directly and Narre Warren Catering Unit attended late in the day to feed the hungry members.
Fire investigators and police are treating the cause of the fire as suspicious and it's currently being assessed.
A fire stop was placed on the call at 11.20pm by Dromana Captain and the last unit left the scene just before 4.00am.