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Wind drives Doveton house fire
Strong, gusty winds made the firefight a challenge for firefighters at a house fire in Doveton.
Crews responded on Monday night (30 Sept) around 11.25pm from Hallam and Dandenong brigades to find a home well alight.
Thick smoke driven by the gusty winds caused a major problem with visibility for crews on the ground trying to attack the fire.
Water pressure was not fantastic and additional hose lines were laid to an adjoining street. The rear yard of the single-storey brick house was hard to access because of the flames and a large number of items stored on the property.
Senior Station Officer Greg 'Chappy' Chapman directed his crews to gain access via a neighbouring metal fence to work on the fire from the back.
Crews had to dodge bees that were disturbed from their hives during the firefight and this prevented access to one side of the structure.
There was the potential for an adjoining house to be severely impacted by fire, but crew members worked hard in breathing apparatus to prevent any damage.
Paramedics treated the home owner at the scene, then remained to monitor firefighters.
The fire was finally brought under control after a long fire fight and fire investigators are checking the cause of the blaze.