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Family escape blaze

Friday, 3rd February, 2017

A firefighter in front of a Gypsum Street home which was severely damaged by a fire that started yesterday morning while the occupants were inside. A firefighter in front of a Gypsum Street home which was severely damaged by a fire that started yesterday morning while the occupants were inside.

By Emily Roberts

A fire that erupted quickly yesterday morning severely damaged a family’s home in Gypsum Street.

Broken Hill Fire Station Officer, Scott Parker, said they were called about 9am and arrived to find the house well alight.

“The fire was inside the house and we used a lot of methods to contain it to get inside the house,” SO Parker said.

“Our firefighters did a good job to contain the fire to one room.

“At this stage it looks like the fire was started in the roof space from the reverse cycle air conditioning.

“The fire has then spread into the lounge room.”

SO Parker said the occupants had called 000 before getting out of the house.

“They left the building and everyone made it out safely,” he said. “They also had a working fire alarm which played a big role in detecting the fire.

“They had a pet dog that ran away but they did end up finding it.

“The quick actions of the female occupant in waking her daughter and getting everyone out of the house ensured that there were no injuries or smoke inhalation.

“The owners were amazed at how quickly the house went up. It can be a scary experience.”

SO Parker said a passerby saw that the house next door looked to be in danger so he “grabbed a garden hose and started spraying.

“We asked if it was his house and he said he just saw smoke coming out.

“So there was a vigilant passer-by who helped to deal with that.

“You do have to be careful and vigilant in those circumstances.

“It may have saved the house next door from catching on fire.”

He said that in the end, one room and the roof space of the family’s home were severely damaged by fire and other parts suffered water and smoke damage.

SO Parker also said that several cars had followed the fire engines and that this was dangerous.

“If it is a large event we prefer if people don’t follow as we have other services coming up close behind to back us up.

“We need to be safe and ensure other accidents don’t occur.”

Both the South and Broken Hill Fire Stations attended the fire, along with police, ambulance and Essential Energy who isolation the power grid.

“We had three trucks, 12 pumps, one hazmat tanker and 12 firefighters attend,” SO Parker said.

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