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Fire in Civic (Bega Court)

By johnboy - 25 June 2013 61

This photo by Hasin:


This coming in from the ESA:

ACT Fire & Rescue are conducting firefighting operations on Cooyong Street, Braddon, Bega Court Flats.

Update to follow.

2:19 PM

ACT Fire & Rescue are continuing to extinguish the fire on the second and third floors.

Four fire pumpers on scene, the Breathing Apparatus Van, the Bronto Skylift Hydraulic Platform and a Command Officer.

2:26 PM

ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are also on scene and have treated one female patient with burns to hands.

One male patient assessed for smoke inhalation, with two other patients also assessed.

Update to follow.

2:33 PM

Fire has been extinguished.

Extensive damage to two units on the second and third floors.

Crews currently conducting ventilation operations.

2:41 PM

Correction – ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics have treated and assessed a total of three patients.

One female patient was treated for burns to her hands and smoke inhalation and was taken to The Canberra Hospital.

One male treated for smoke inhalation and will be taken to Calvary Hospital.

One other male patient was assessed and transport to hospital was not required.

3:00 PM


James has sent this pic in first.

More as it comes to hand.

If you have pictures or video send them in to .

Deskmonkey sent this one in:

deskmonkey pic

This in from Dominic from the Canberra Centre car park:

fire scene

Barcham was down for the aftermath:


FURTHER UPDATE: We’re seeing reports of an explosion causing the fire. Will update as it comes to hand.


Police have put up the following release:

Police investigate suspicious fire
Release Date: Tuesday, June 25 2013, 04:30 PM

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire at the Bega Court flats in Reid this afternoon (June 25).

About 2pm police attended Block 7 of the Bega Court flats after reports of a fire and explosion.

The fire was extinguished and initial assessment by fire investigators deemed the fire as suspicious.

A female resident was taken to The Canberra Hospital suffering burns to her hands and smoke inhalation, while a male was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to Calvary Hospital.

AFP Forensic Services will work with ACT Criminal Investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in or around the Reid area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on Information to Crime Stoppers can be provided anonymously.


xtamatic sent in a big set including this one:

Took these today, some from before the fire and police got there.


Here’s the full slideshow, send them in to .

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61 Responses to
Fire in Civic (Bega Court)
Holden Caulfield 3:13 pm 25 Jun 13

By chance I just happened to drive past this a few moments ago. A bit of excitement for the afternoon. There were certainly plenty of plods about for the wide ranging road closures.

Grimm 3:07 pm 25 Jun 13

stormboy said :

Who reckons they should pour petrol on it

The smell of petrol would just attract the rest of the residents.

So, how much in compo, disability benefits and rebuilding is this going to cost taxpayers? Will we have to replace the meth lab equipment that was damaged too?

Inconvenient_Truth 3:06 pm 25 Jun 13

Too much Breaking Bad for some people 😛 I hope no one died or got severe burns, then I can have a good laugh about the meth / drug lab related jokes haha

c_c™ 3:06 pm 25 Jun 13

Wow, looks like it’s contained to one apartment… damn asbestos.

LumpySpacePrincess 3:04 pm 25 Jun 13

Lovely to see so much compassion. Coz clearly anyone who needs government housing is scum. There couldn’t possibly be any decent people in there o.O

peebus 3:03 pm 25 Jun 13

Our fire fighting budget must be a little lean at the moment, considering the fire hose from the tanker in pic #5 has massive holes in it just near the traffic light. Quality.

johnboy 3:01 pm 25 Jun 13

The bigger well done to our keen eyed readers with great news sense who took the photos and got them into us!

(But yes it’s nice to get a win)

midlife 2:59 pm 25 Jun 13

How many thousands worth of improvements I wonder

Rawhide Kid Part3 2:56 pm 25 Jun 13

Well done RiotACT. Beat all the local media to the post with pictures. Great job.

Sandman 2:54 pm 25 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Barcham reports the smoke inhalee was looking well.

Naturally. It’s not like smoke inhalation in the middle of the day is out of the norm for a resident of the Bega Flats.

johnboy 2:49 pm 25 Jun 13

More pix in and a slideshow.

Barcham reports the smoke inhalee was looking well.

ezy10z 2:49 pm 25 Jun 13

Meth labs can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing

c_c™ 2:42 pm 25 Jun 13

Demolish the damn things

p1 2:40 pm 25 Jun 13

I can hear developers cheering from here.

stormboy 2:40 pm 25 Jun 13

Who reckons they should pour petrol on it

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