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Unattended cooking causes fire
CFA is warning residents to keep an eye on their cooking, after a barbecue caused serious damage to a home in Killawarra last month.
At around 5pm on 25 May, CFA crews from Killawarra, Peechelba, South Wangaratta and Wangaratta were called to a house fire on Wangaratta-Yarrawonga Road.
A resident had a pork roast cooking in a barbecue with a lid closed, inside a carport attached to the house. The barbecue was set on high and left unattended, leading to fire which damaged the carport, house, car and other items stored in the carport.
Although crews brought the fire under control within half an hour of attending, CFA North East Region Manager of Community Safety Tammy Garrett said it was an important reminder of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended.
“It’s very easy to get distracted, especially around dinner time. But it’s the small distractions that lead to fires like this one in Killawarra,” Ms Garrett said.
“Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the unpredictable nature of fire means you can never be too careful when it comes to making your home fire safe and staying alert all the time.
“This fire could have been prevented, which is why we’re urging people to have a good understanding of what causes fires and know how to prevent them.”
Last year CFA firefighters attended 1,646 preventable house fires in Victoria. In Wangaratta, there were 14 house fires that could have been avoided in 2015.