fire hits the fan

smokey4 30 January 2007 22

Fire melts sewerage pipe

A small fire in Holt tonight [over the weekend] led residents to find alternative accommodation after a sewerage pipe melted.

The ACT Fire Brigade was called to the Parkview Apartments in Hardwick Crescent at 9:15pm.

Fire fighters arrived to find a fire in a garbage disposal area of the complex. It was quickly extinguished but heat from the fire melted a nearby sewerage pipe leaving residents of six units without toilet facilities.

The damage bill is estimated at several thousand dollars. The cause is undetermined.


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andy andy 7:23 am 31 Jan 07

scam.. who is scamming whatnow ? 😛

Maelinar Maelinar 9:39 pm 30 Jan 07

Don’t even dare mention my scam Thumper.

andy andy 7:00 pm 30 Jan 07

and by works, i mean lives..

andy andy 6:59 pm 30 Jan 07

no, its often “waking” distance on the weekend, especially when residents come home drunk. (I’m assumg ozchick works here)

Thumper Thumper 6:25 pm 30 Jan 07

walking, that would be…

Thumper Thumper 6:24 pm 30 Jan 07

So Ozchick, this must mean you live within waking distance of Magpies?

OzChick OzChick 4:59 pm 30 Jan 07

Yeah, they are livable again. Thank god.

andy andy 3:53 pm 30 Jan 07

THe same gang i may have chased off the back steps here the other day.. they decided that, despite there being a skate ramp about 30 meters away, and plenty of empty space in the aldi truck park, they wanted to skate on our steps.
I have a photo of them, but not very good.

On topic, the water pipes appear to have been replaced, but I don’t know if the apartments in question are livable yet.

S4anta S4anta 1:28 pm 30 Jan 07

I hear you Mael. They live not too far from the latter too I hear.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:21 pm 30 Jan 07

Andy, add it to an ever growing list of strange events going on in Holt at the moment.

Increase in the rate of car break ins
Increase in the amount of abandoned (presumably stolen) vehicles
Assault on child using a flame to the head
Arson

Point to anything in particular ?

Also noted, has been a steadily increasing rate of police presence in the area – it’s only a matter of time before the gang of if I were to make an educated guess, 4 young teenagers of which only one seems to own a bike at the moment, who have a habit of hanging out around the Magpies golf course area and Holt IGA, get caught.

Note my veiled speech as to not be charged with being Un-Australian…

andy andy 1:10 pm 30 Jan 07

Ozchick, it’s definitely vandalism. We know that. Unfortunately, we don’t know who it is.
We do know it wasn’t a particular resident.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 12:50 pm 30 Jan 07

Usually, it is Mrs Hasdrubahl’s exceedingly hot curries that make the sewerage pipes melt.

schmerica_ schmerica_ 12:15 pm 30 Jan 07

Well, I guess thats good news for water restrictions! haha

OzChick OzChick 12:11 pm 30 Jan 07

I think that its vandalism, the residents of the 6 apartments affected have not been able to use any of their water facilities for the last 2 days.

OzChick OzChick 12:10 pm 30 Jan 07

I think that its vandalism, the residents of the 6 apartments affected have not been able to use any of their water facilities for the last 2 days.

OzChick OzChick 12:04 pm 30 Jan 07

I think that its vandalism, the residents of the 6 apartments affected have not been able to use any of their water facilities for the last 2 days.

toriness toriness 11:18 am 30 Jan 07

good luck finding out who did it, i hope you catch the so-and-sos. one of the recycling bins at my old complex was subject to an arson attack and burnt almost literally down to the ground. no culprits apprehended. owners of the units in the complex stuck with the $600 bill of replacing the bin. vandalism is such a low act.

andy andy 10:30 am 30 Jan 07

further – The AFP are treating it as suspicious and deliberately lit.

andy andy 10:25 am 30 Jan 07

There was a fire. The fire was contained to the disposal area. Damage occured to electrical, water and sewage carrying pipes in that room, affecting units serviced by those pipes.

Residents put an amount of effort into extinguishing the fire prior to the arrival of the ACT FB, who finished cleaning it up.

Damage is extensive enough to that area, and residents have had to leave the complex.

Restoration work should have begun this morning.

The cause a source of heat or ignition applied to large piles of cardboard boxes sitting in the disposal room, not placed in the hopper.

Whether or not it was an accidental ignition, I’m not sure. There did not appear to be any traces of accelerant. It is assumed to be a deliberate act.

Regardless, it’s stupidity. And i’m hanging to find the person(s) responsible.

The fire was Sunday evening. Some of the bins and other miscellaneia in the disposal area also melted/burnt.

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 10:04 am 30 Jan 07

I believe andy was looking for this link to the ESA website – the story halfway down the right side of the page.

In fact it looks like smokey4 pinched the story word for word (cut ‘n paste?) from the ESA site. We don’t like doing that here so if you have a story you would like to let Rioters know about PLEASE link to the source.

So andy, care to enlighten us with more accurate info?

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