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Historic homestead lost in Clyde North
At approximately 9.24pm on Friday 28 July, Berwick and Beaconsfield brigades were paged to a reported house fire on Grices Road, Clyde North.
Turning out to the incident, VicFire advised that a large number of calls were being received for a structure that was well alight and that a large contingent of people were gathering outside the historical homestead on Grices Road.
Based on the further information and the large glow that was visible from some distance away, Berwick Captain Craig Sanderson made an escalation for two pumpers, three tankers and all trucks to proceed Code 1.
Upon Berwick Pumper’s arrival on scene, it was evident that the iconic and historic building located on the homestead was fully alight and threatening buildings to the east of the structure.
With further resources arriving on scene shortly thereafter, crews donned breathing apparatus and worked to extinguish the fire and protect the exposures, including tall overhanging trees above the structure. Furthermore, crews also utilised three separate water sources to supply Berwick Pumper and Beaconsfield Pumper-Tanker and this included a hose lay by Narre Warren Pumper from some distance away to support Berwick Pumper’s roof monitor.
Approximately 40 firefighters worked for an hour to bring the fire under control with multiple BA crews working into the evening to conduct extinguishment, salvage and overhaul operations with multiple 38mm hose lines and thermal imaging cameras utilised to locate hotspots within the property.
With extended BA operations into the night, Bayswater BA support unit was responded to assist with the refilling of approximately 25 BA cylinders and cleaning of BA masks on scene to support firefighting operations.
Furthermore, RDO 8 and Victoria Police were notified of the event and the cause is being investigated.
CFA units in attendance included:
- Berwick Pumper, Tanker, Car and FCV
- Beaconsfield Pumper-Tanker and Tanker
- Narre Warren Pumper
- Bayswater BA support.
Victoria Police, Power Company and Gas Company also attended.
The Incident Controller was Captain Sanderson and the Operations Officer was Lieutenant Obeth both from Berwick Fire Brigade. The Water Sector Commander was Lieutenant Goodman from Narre Warren Fire Brigade.
(Selection of photos taken on the night and from social media.)