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Dramatic and devastating house fire east of Jindabyne

Ian Campbell 19 July 2019
The house on Geikle Creek Road was destroyed. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 338 Jindabyne Facebook.

The house on Geikle Creek Road was destroyed. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 338 Jindabyne Facebook.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a dramatic and devastating house fire east of Jindabyne.

Rural Fire Service crews from Berridale, Kalkite, Jindabyne East, Jindabyne and Wollondibby responded to the emergency on Geikle Creek Road just after 7 pm on Wednesday night. Fire and Rescue NSW from Jindabyne, Thredbo, and Cooma also attended a combined effort that stopped the fire from spreading to bushland and other properties, but sadly the intensity of the fire destroyed the home.

Local police, ambulance, and Essential Energy staff all played their part.

All people inside the home at the time escaped without injury.

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. Photo: Monaro RFS Facebook

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. Photo: Monaro RFS Facebook.

“Firefighters were able to use a swimming pool at the home, and without a hydrant close to the home, some crews assisted in water catering,” an RFS spokesperson says.

“They did get some high winds which presented a challenge as crews tried to extinguish the fire.

“Crews worked to midnight and then returned Thursday morning to attend to hot spots that had flared up.”

Everyone inside the home at the time escaped. Photo: Monaro RFS Facebook.

Everyone inside the home at the time escaped. Photo: Monaro RFS Facebook.

The house fire was the second incident local fireries responded to on Wednesday night with a fault in an electricity substation on Reedys Cutting Road in Jindabyne also catching alight.

“Being prepared for anything, with multiple incidents at the one time, local resources were able to mobilise, communicate and adapt to the dynamic situation,” a spokesperson for Fire and Rescue Jindabyne says.

There is no sense the cause of the fire is suspicious at this stage but investigations are ongoing.

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.


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