Explosions hamper firefighting efforts at Hampton Park

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Firefighters have contained a roaring house fire to a single property, despite explosions and massive flames emanating from the blaze.


CFA crews were notified of a house fire in Hampton Park late on Thursday night (2 September) and CFA Commander Don Wilkie said crews were met with the house fully alight on arrival.

“On the way to the call, the first appliance saw a large column of black smoke with flames and explosions and the response was quickly escalated," Commander Wilkie said.

“Including the support from FRV, we ended up with tankers, pumpers, a ladder platform and support vehicles such as Bayswater Breathing Apparatus support and Narre Warren catering."

CFA crews reported the flames to be about 40-feet high, with Commander Wilkie saying there were many challenging aspects including high winds driving the fire, and multiple explosions.

“We found the explosions were due to numerous gas cylinders in the front and back yards of the property.

“There was a high fuel load around the property including the gas bottles and other items that made it difficult for firefighters to access the interior of the property.

“Fortunately, the occupant was already accounted for and despite the challenges, there were no injuries to firefighters.

“It was a great job by the crews to contain the fire to the property of origin.

CFA and FRV crews worked as one at the scene, with Commander Wilkie saying it’s a reminder for people to check their fire safety tips.

“It’s important that residents have a home fire safety plan in the event of an emergency, ensure smoke detectors are in all bedrooms, hallways, and living areas, and that those smoke alarms are checked regularly.”


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Submitted by Mark Blackman