ninemsn (the Canberra Times and ABC Canberra must have gone home for their evening naps) is reporting that there has been a fire at Bega Court in Reid this evening (3 May). No loss of life or transportation to hospital, but a fair bit of damage to a unit and from smoke.
Weeks after announcing it was considering levelling the place as part of a sale and redevelopment of 3 sites, it seems like a good time to wonder if it was an attempt at a pre-budget inititive for the insurance, or maybe a tenant left their dinner on the stove too long?
Probably the latter, but it’s fun to speculate anyway.
UPDATE: The ESA made the following updates on this last night:
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8:00pm Monday 3 May 2010 – Update two on fire in Reid The ACT Ambulance Service has taken a middle aged female and a young male to Calvary Hospital in a stable condition with minor smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is to be investigated.
7:20pm Monday 3 May 2010 – Update on fire at Reid Fire in a first floor apartment extinguished with extensive damage to the unit and smoke damage to the surrounds.
A total of 18 apartments were evacuated with firefighters using ladders and the Bronto for some occupants.
ACT Ambulance Service Intensive Care Paramedics assessing a number of people for smoke inhalation.
6:45pm Monday 3 May 2010 – Fire in apartment complex in Reid The ACT Fire Brigade is on scene at a fire in the Bega Flats complex in Kogarah Lane Reid tonight.
Firefighters have evacuated residents from the building.