18 February 2013

Belconnen flat fire

| johnboy
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ACT Fire & Rescue is at the scene of a flat fire in Belconnen.

Multiple crews responded to reports of a fire at Howie Court in College Street and arrived to find the flat fully alight.

Firefighters rescued two people from the burning property and are checking there is no one else inside.

They are currently being assessed by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics.

An estimated 20 nearby reseidents have also been evacuated.

10:33 PM

Intensive care paramedics have assessed a total of four people on scene.

As a result one man, believed to be in 40’s is being transported by the ACT Ambulance Service to Calvary Hospital in a stable condition with smoke inhalation.

10:45 PM

Firefighters have extinguished the fire. The unit has been destroyed and adjoining properties smoke affected.

Alternative accommodation is currently being arranged for affected residents.

Two ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters were involved in a flashover while inside the unit working to extinguish the fire. Their personal protective equipment (PPE) prevented them from suffering any serious injury. They were assessed on scene by intensive care paramedics for minor burns.

One of the firefighters is being transported to Calvary Hospital in a stable condition for observation with superficial burns to his hands.

A woman in 20’s has also been taken to hospital due to the impact of smoke on her asthma condition.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three fire pumpers, the Bronto aerial platform, breathing aparartus support crew and commander on scene.

11:14 PM

[Courtesy ESA]

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