A Gisborne family of 4 escaped from an early morning fire at their two-storey home on Thursday leaving them gutted by their loss.
Fire crews were called to the blaze in Bruce Court just after 6am to find the house fully alight with flames shooting through the roof. The top floor soon collapsed into the bottom floor with fire quickly consuming the entire house.
After establishing that the family- who are well known by brigade members had escaped safely, crews concentrated on protecting a neighboring house and large shed within metres of the flames.
“Thankfully a smoke alarm was operating at the time and alerted the family, giving them time to escape” said Lt Peter Harry.
One fire fighter sustained minor burns and was treated by ambulance before being transported to hospital.
CFA support included Riddells Creek, Sunbury and Macedon.
Fire investigation continues however the cause is not thought to be suspicious.
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Gisborne residents have done it again by digging deep on Good Friday.
A grand total of $31,150 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal with your support.
6 yo Grace lent a hand collecting on Good Friday
A big thanks to the staff and customers of Foodworks Supermarket who contributed a massive $20,000.
Gisborne Scouts and fire fighters door knocked the town and raised $11,150.
Lt Peter Harry says the aim was to beat last year’s total by raising $10,000+.
“We collect on behalf of our town, with Scouts and Cubs lending a hand to door knock as many homes as possible, as it’s a cause that Gisborne CFA members are passionate about supporting every year.”
Gisbus kindly supported our collection by providing drivers and buses to help move our collectors around.
Football fans at Gardner Reserve watching the Gisborne vs Kyneton clash also contributed.
Sam Strang has been elected un-opposed as the new Captain of Gisborne Fire Brigade this week at the bi-annual election of officers.
Current Captain Tony Wade will stand down after 8 years in the position from July 1.
In a sign of stability within the brigade, the brigade management team is largely unchanged with 1st Lt Terry Borg, 2nd Lt Peter Harry, 3rd Lt Wayne Halliday, and former secretary Mark Carter elected 4th Lieutenant.
Ian Large steps in as new Secretary, and Bevan Moody as Communications Officer.
(L-R) Fire fighters Rex Pilgrim, Jason Gruevski, & Mark CarterIt is a known fact that a smoke alarm can save lives simply by giving your family early warning of fire.
However a smoke alarm with a flat battery is just as bad as no smoke alarm at all.
House fires are more common in the winter months, so fire fighters from CFA and MFB are urging all homes to take a few minutes and check your smoke alarms. A campaign is running to change the battery on the same day we come out of daylight savings.
Do your kids know what to do when the smoke alarm goes off?
Take some time to remind family members what actions to take if they smell smoke or see flames inside the home.
Simple actions like getting down low and crawling under smoke save lives, and every family should have a home fire escape plan that identifies all possible escape routes.