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House spared in scrub fire at Beachport


by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

A  house narrowly missed being destroyed in a scrub fire at Beachport today. The fire has been contained but CFS personnel will continue working into the late afternoon to monitor any potential outbreaks in the scrub.

Country Fire Service (CFS) units were called from Beachport, Millicent and Southend to attend  a scrub fire reported at 10am this morning (2nd February), 4km south of Beachport, near the Southern Ports Highway and Ringwood Drive.

Wattle Range CFS Group Officer, Mike Kemp  said the house threatened by  fire narrowly escaped destruction when the fire jumped the house and continued burning scrub on the other side of it.  CFS personnel were in attendance at the time and witnessed the fire jump the house. No one was home at the time.

“With temperatures of 38C today, our personnel are working in considerably higher temperatures than that in the scrub, ” he said.

“A total of two hectares of scrubland was burnt and although the fire is contained we will be watching it for may hours yet,” he said.

Two volunteer fire fighters were affected by the extreme heat conditions and an ambulance was called to attend to them.

Beachport Police were in attendance.

It was reported that  water bombers were also in attendance.

At the time of posting this story, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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