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Shed fire in Kyabram
Farming equipment including a truck and motorbikes were destroyed in a shed fire at Kyabram on Webb Rd today (12 August).
CFA crews were called just after 11am and the shed was fully alight when around 20 firefighters arrived. It was under control by 12.30pm.
A possible cause was a lit fire drum placed inside the shed.
CFA District 20 Operations Officer John Cutting warned against using solid fuel fires inside structures.
“These fires can easily get out of control as is likely the case today, due to low ventilation and proximity to flammable material,” Mr Cutting said.
“Only ever light a fire inside if it’s in something like a secure fire place where you can more easily keep it under control.”
An extra challenge for firefighters was significant rain fall in the area, which has created muddy patches that fire trucks need to navigate around.
“We could only park trucks on one side of the shed to avoid becoming bogged, which could have hindered the fire fight,” Mr Cutting said.
“It’s something we’ve had to plan for in a few incidents lately.”
The 20 by 15-metre structure included attached stables; however animals were not housed in them.
Police attended for traffic control due to smoke moving across nearby roads. The fire was not suspicious.
Six trucks attended from Girgarre, Kyabram, Merrigum, Stanhope and Tongala.