Fireys save house as workshop goes up in flames

Member News image A vehicle inside the structure was also destroyed


Stawell Fire Brigade responded to the report of a shed on fire on Tuesday 26 July, but were surprised to see a large plume of smoke from the moment they turned out.


When they arrived on scene, almost the whole of the 50 metre by 15 metre shed was fully alight and workers on site informed the incident controller that there was a large fuel load inside, including LPG cylinders, flammable liquids, batteries, spray cans and vehicles.

The structure doubled as an auto-electrician on one side and a mechanical workshop on the other.

The workshop's proximity to the house was a cause for concern, though the property owners and their family had safely left the house as crews worked to prevent fire impacting the family home.

Crews worked quickly to get the fire under control, despite being hindered by a lack of reticulated water. They quickly calling for a council water truck and requested more tankers.

The two Stawell crews were supported by neighbouring brigades Halls Gap, Great Western and Glenorchy. Ararat Fire Brigade responded with the District 16 breathing apparatus support vehicle and Smythesdale brigade's rehab unit was called on to provide health monitoring.


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Submitted by Aaron Phillips