CFA firefighters responded to a house fire in the Grandview Estate in Truganina at around 2pm on Friday 14 July 2023.
Volunteer firefighters from Rockbank and Caroline Springs brigades attended the scene on Doma Drive, with support from Fire Rescue Victoria.
On arrival, firefighters were faced with a single-storey home with flames issuing from the roof space and from the rear of the property. Additionally, becasue of strong winds the property next door was under threat from the flames.
"The quick work of fire crews ensured the fire didn't spread to the neighbouring property and was brought under control as quickly as possible," Rockbank Captain and Incident Controller Matt Cain said.
"We had two teams working in breathing apparatus with a hose line each. One crew worked internally and the other externally. After an initial attack, there were signs of structural collapse in the dwelling so our crews retreated to perform external attacks only."
The collaboration between CFA and FRV firefighters worked well. Both agencies had members in the Incident Management Team, with Rockbank brigade captain being the incident controller, Senior Station Officer Gazzola being the operations officer and Senioe Station Officer Abbey being the safety officer and rear sector commander.
The incident was deemed under control at around 2.45pm and crews declared the scene safe at around 4pm. Firefighters remained on scene making sure there were no further hot spots.