Interstate assistance at structure fire near Swan Hill

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CFA firefighters have worked alongside Rural Fire Service crews after fire broke out at property near Piangil on the New South Wales border.


CFA was notified at 09:35 to reports of a house fire at Mallee Highway, Piangil, with crews finding a house fully involved on arrival with exposed gas cylinders nearby.

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gavin Wright said it was a fantastic job by all firefighters to contain the blaze to the rear of the house.

“The rear of the house was significantly fire damaged but fortunately all the occupants of the house, who were farm workers renting the premises, were out working at the time so there were no injuries,” said A/ACFO Wright.

“Many of the belongings in the front of the house were also saved by firefighters.”

Five CFA vehicles were on scene from Nyah Nyah, Natya, Piangil, Woorinen South, and Swan Hill brigades with interstate support from RFS.

“There’s a close relationship along the border with CFA and RFS and for some of our CFA brigades, their interstate counterparts are their closest support brigades so they work very well together.”

The scene was declared under control at 10:19, with crews remaining in scene for some time to continue blacking out.

The cause is yet to be determined, but fire investigators have deemed it not suspicious.

“It appears to have started in the kitchen area and we’re still working through exactly what that cause may be.”


Submitted by CFA Media