Two Gulgong house fires within 24 hours have sparked the awareness of a home safety initiative by Fire & Rescue NSW.
On Sunday afternoon, Pump 312 Gulgong responded to a house fire on Stubbo Road, with station commander, captain Paul Cavalier, explaining crews mobilised in just over five minutes after receiving the triple zero call.
“Despite the best efforts of 312 Gulgong, 387 Mudgee, 280 Dubbo and crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service, the house was completely destroyed,” he said.
“Crews immediately commenced an offensive, internal attack on the structure upon arrival, but with the structure showing signs of collapse, the crews had to be removed.
“We sincerely send our best wishes to the family.”
The crews were on-site until 9pm in searing heat, but instead of getting a well deserved sleep they were again called upon just after midnight on Monday for a house fire in Moonlight Street.
“Firefighting crews were faced with an intense fire fuelled by aerosols, paint, thinners, oils and fuels in an outbuilding and carport. Crews commenced an immediate, offensive fire attack in breathing apparatus with the intention of protecting the adjoining house and property next door,” Capt Cavalier said.
“Through the quick and positive actions by the first arriving crew, the adjoining house was completely saved, with minimal damage,” Capt Cavalier said.
Capt Cavalier explained crews have since carried out the Fire & Rescue NSW Home Fire Safety Check program, that involves crews door-knocking in ‘at-risk areas’.
“If people allow us to come in, we check their smoke alarms, talk to them about fire safety and their home escape plans, and install smoke alarms for the elderly or disabled that can’t do it themselves,” he said. “We also hand out information, brochures and fire safety information, and talk to children about what to do in the event of a fire.
“We’d encourage anyone with concerns about fire safety to get in touch, and we’ll make an effort to get to their house, or if they know an elderly, disabled, non-english speaking or vulnerable member of the community who could do with our help to get in touch.”
Residents are advised to call triple-zero (000) in the event of a fire.