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Fire false alarm at the Metropolitan apartments. Candles and a bedwetter lead to massive inconvenience

By johnboy - 29 April 2012 10

ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at the residential Metropolitan Apartments, Gordon Street, Canberra City.

ACT Fire-fighters are currently investigating a fire reported to have started on the sixth floor.

The building has been evacuated.

Update to follow.

7:10pm Sunday 29 April 2012

An internal investigation of the residential apartment building has returned no sight of fire or smoke.

ACT Fire & Rescue are currently using the Bronto Aerial Platform to access floors five and six of the building to continue investigations.

7:30pm Sunday 29 April 2012

ACT Fire-fighters have now allocated the source of the reported fire.

A reflection of candles flames alerted a neighboring resident to call Emergency Triple Zero (000) suspecting a fire in the apartment.

Residents have now been advised that the apartment building is safe and can return to their homes.

7:41pm Sunday 29 April 2012

[Courtesy ESA. If you have pictures of the fire (or response) send them in to images@the-riotact.com]

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Fire false alarm at the Metropolitan apartments. Candles and a bedwetter lead to massive inconvenience
Erg0 12:14 pm 30 Apr 12

damien haas said :

oh dear, does this mean we can expect a fleet of teepee bearing rafts appearing on Lake Ginninderra ? Thats really going to put a crimp in the water skiing regatta.

If they built lean-tos instead then they could be used as ramps?

damien haas 11:11 am 30 Apr 12

oh dear, does this mean we can expect a fleet of teepee bearing rafts appearing on Lake Ginninderra ? Thats really going to put a crimp in the water skiing regatta.

Tetranitrate 10:29 am 30 Apr 12

jsm2090 said :

False alarm also at the new Lena Karmel lodge on Marcus Clarke yesterday around 1:30pm. A lot of stunned and bewildered ANU students wandering around in pyjamas!

But there’s a fire-alarm every day at unilodge.

jsm2090 9:56 am 30 Apr 12

False alarm also at the new Lena Karmel lodge on Marcus Clarke yesterday around 1:30pm. A lot of stunned and bewildered ANU students wandering around in pyjamas!

Duffbowl 9:22 am 30 Apr 12

arb said :

Duffbowl said :

Maybe I’m just getting old, but where is the bedwetter in this story?

A reflection of candles flames alerted a neighboring resident to call Emergency Triple Zero (000) suspecting a fire in the apartment.

Ahhh, I was unsure if that was the connection, given it was 7:40pm.

KDog 9:02 am 30 Apr 12

Pretty sure the bill would be more than $2K for that event.
Two fire trucks (plus a support vehicle), a couple of police vans and two ambulances for an hour or two.

I wouldn’t want to be relying on that “Bronto” thing to save my life, it’s rediculously slow, from setup to movement. The cherry picker we had in the RFS took about 3 minutes to set up/level and if you were in the bucket and weren’t holding on when it got to the top you would be launched out of it. Think I will stay in the building next time rather than wait for that action to start/conclude. Abseiling gear to my rescue if need be.

arb 8:25 am 30 Apr 12

Duffbowl said :

Maybe I’m just getting old, but where is the bedwetter in this story?

A reflection of candles flames alerted a neighboring resident to call Emergency Triple Zero (000) suspecting a fire in the apartment.

Duffbowl 7:06 am 30 Apr 12

Maybe I’m just getting old, but where is the bedwetter in this story?

dvaey 4:01 am 30 Apr 12

So, who gets charged the $2,000 callout fee that the fireys always threaten to issue in these situations? Does the person who had the candles receive the fine, or does the twitchy neighbour who called emergency services out receive it?

gooterz 12:11 am 30 Apr 12

Heh.. A candle..
Theres quite a few good flame screensavers that would do a better job!

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