ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at a blaze in a metal garage in the backyard of a property in Riddell Close, Wanniassa.
Three fire pumpers and a command vehicle are currently on scene. Crews arrived to find the metal structure well alight.
The fire has been contained to the garage strucuture and crews are still working to extinguish all flames. No neighborring property is under threat from the fire.
Numerous Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls alerted Emergency Services to the incident.
5:15pm Wednesday 25 April 2012
ACT Emergency Services have advised the public to avoid the area of Riddell Circuit and Wheeler Place, Wanniassa, whilst fire fighting operations continuing.
6:00pm Wednesday 25 April 2012
ACT Fire & Rescue are still on scene at a fire that started in a metal garage at a Wanniassa residential property late this afternoon. The fire has now been completely extinguished.
While Fire-fighters were assessing the structure three Acetylene (gas) cylinders were discovered which could pose a threat of exploding if over heated.
An exclusion zone of 50 meters has been established around the property while ACT Fire & Rescue monitor the temperature of the cylinders.
As a precaution five neighboring properties have been evacuated. A total of 13 people have moved to a safer area. There are nil health risks present at this time.
6:45pm Wednesday 25 April 2012
ACT Fire & Rescue are continuing to monitor the temperature of the gas cylinders. The temperature of the area is decreasing and the risk of explosion has significantly reduced.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Policing are also on scene providing support assistance.
Road closures are currently in place to Riddell Circuit.
Residence are advised to avoid the area.
7:15pm Wednesday 25 April 2012
Cylinders containing the explosive gas Acetylene, discovered inside the metal garage which caught fire earlier today have now been removed from the property. There is no further threat to the Wanniassa area.
ACT Fire & Rescue have now removed the exclusion zone and are allowing residents to return to their properties.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and investigations into the blaze will continue.
8:25pm Wednesday 25 April 2012
The cause of yesterday’s Wanniassa garage fire has been determined and found not suspicious by ACT Fire & Rescue.
Estimated damage to structure and contents $50,000.
9:53am Thursday 26 April 2012
ACT Fire & Rescue has further advised and determined that the fire was caused by combustible items placed near a portable heating source.
10:50am Thursday 26 April 2012