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Intense house blaze affects fire crew – ABC South East NSW

Intense house blaze affects fire crew

Updated August 01, 2012 12:14:31

Fire and Rescue New South Wales says a house fire near Batemans Bay on the New South Wales was so intense it nearly burnt through crews’ uniforms.

Yesterday’s blaze in the Malua Bay home was fuelled by burning methanol.

The occupants, a 65-year-old man and 63-year-old woman, have been released from hospital after they were treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns.

Inspector Kernin Lambert says the heat was so intense it injured a fire-fighter.

“The conditions were so hot that the fire has burnt through, penetrated through their clothing,” he said.

“One of the crews has received burns to the back of his neck.

“He was treated by ambulance crews.

“He was able to be released at the scene and he has returned to full duties.”

For more, go to the South East News Blog.

Tags: fires, malua-bay-2536, bega-2550

First posted August 01, 2012 12:14:31

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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