A fire that engulfed a shed on Warren Street, Kyneton, on Monday 14 August was successfully contained by 32 firefighters.
The quick response ensured the fire didn't spread to neighboring buildings, and support from brigades including Woodend, Carlsruhe, Tylden and Macedon was crucial to control the situation.
The incident was reported to Triple Zero shortly before 4pm and crews arrived swiftly. They were faced with a shed and fencing well alight, and explosions were occurring.
A vehicle, multiple boats, and trailers were consumed by the intense blaze. Fortunately, there was only one minor injury to a resident.
The power company, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria attended the incident.
“Our firefighters did a great job to contain the fire within about 20 minutes and prevent further spreading to nearby buildings,” Incident Controller Josh Gamble said.
The CFA fire investigation revealed that the fire was caused by a faulty lithium battery power hub, and it was confirmed that the fire was not suspicious.
This incident serves as a significant reminder to the community regarding safety precautions. Incident Controller Gamble stressed that while the occupant had followed all lithium battery handling protocols, it is important to purchase only compatible, Australian-certified batteries or chargers from reputable Australian retailers.
Also, do not leave batteries or devices unattended while charging and ensure they are charged on a sturdy, non-combustible surface with proper ventilation.
With the warmer weather approaching, CFA encourages the public to check sheds and garages to make sure that flammable liquids are stored in appropriate containers. Proper storage should be in a well-ventilated area, clear of electrical equipment and other potential heat and ignition sources.
Photos: IET Systems, Brian Wilson.
||Josh Gamble, Kyneton Fire Brigade