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Instruments lost at Bacchus
A little after 6pm on Friday evening (7th February), Triple Zero calltakers started receiving multiple calls for a reported house fire in Gisborne Road in Bacchus Marsh.
With Bacchus Marsh and Myrniong pagers activated, firefighters could see the fire enroute to the fire station. “When I arrived at the station with other members, they informed me that it was a going fire in a shed, which helped in my initial size-up,” explains Lieutenant Ryan O’Shannessy.
“Enroute, we could see the amount of smoke issuing, and considering the conditions of the day, and the possibility of extension to the house, I made Pumpers 2, Tankers 3. We were down a Tanker due to it being committed at another event, so had to make sure we had another brigade responded.”
On arrival, it was found that a rear shed was totally involved with extension to a tree, fencing and wood piles. “As soon as we pulled up, we heard an explosion come from the shed, later found to be several BBQ cylinders stored in the premises.”
With hoselines stretched to douse the fire, as well as protecting surrounding exposures of a house and a shed in another property, crews were rotated due to the extreme heat of the day. “All crews, to their credit in the heat, worked hard and well together.”
It was later confirmed that the shed housed tens of thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments owned by a band who used it as a makeshift studio.
Appliances onscene were;
Bacchus Marsh – FCV, Pumper, Tanker 1, Tanker 2.
Coimadai – Tanker 2.
Myrniong – Tanker 1.
Melton – Pumper.
The cause of the fire was deemed to be electrical with a possible cause of overloaded powerboards.
The Incident Controller for this fire was Lieutenant Ryan O’Shannessy from Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Photographer.