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1. TFS crews on scene of gas leak in Spreyton Release Date: 2019-06-18
2. Cause of Latrobe fatal house fire Release Date: 2019-06-13
3. Pet dog saved from Ulverstone unit fire Release Date: 2019-06-07
4. West Ulverstone structure fire Release Date: 2019-06-07
5. Overnight fires at Orford and Railton Release Date: 2019-06-06
6. Zeehan shop fire - not deliberate Release Date: 2019-06-05
7. Zeehan structure fire Release Date: 2019-06-05
8. Tasmania Fire Service urges people to stay safe in the home this winter Release Date: 2019-06-01
9. Rosebery house fire under investigation Release Date: 2019-05-30
10. West Moonah house fire under investigation Release Date: 2019-05-24
11. Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January Release Date: 2019-01-03
12. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14


Tasmania Fire Service

TFS crews on scene of gas leak in Spreyton

Date: 18 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are on the scene of a gas leak at a property on Mersey Main Road in Spreyton.

The leak, which was isolated to the property, has been isolated and sealed.

TFS crews remain on the scene using air monitoring equipment to ensure that there is no ongoing leak.

No injuries have been reported and there is no risk to the public.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Latrobe fatal house fire

Date: 13 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS fire investigators, in conjunction with Tasmania Police have been investigating the cause of the fire at Gilbert Street, Latrobe where a person sadly died on Tuesday night.

While the exact reason for the fire remains open to more than one possible cause, investigations have concluded it started in the living room and was not deliberately lit, therefore the fire has been deemed an accidental fire.

The unit had two smoke alarms installed which had been serviced within the last 12 months.

Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the person who died.

Steps people can take to be safe from the risk of fire in the home include:

Installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in every sleeping area and hallway, including at the top of staircases.
Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan, so if a fire does start, everyone in the household knows what to do.
Keeping clothing and other flammable materials at least two metres from the heater and any radiant heat source.
Having chimney flues cleaned professionally twice a year.
Not overloading power boards and powerpoints.
Always using electrical equipment per the manufacturer's guidelines.
Installing a CablePI to detect wiring faults in the home (available from TasNetworks).
Clean out dryer lint filters before every use.
Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use.



Tasmania Fire Service

Pet dog saved from Ulverstone unit fire

Date: 7 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire that destroyed a unit in Ulverstone this afternoon was caused by hot metal that was being welded dropped onto a pile of rags, igniting them which then spread from the garage and onto the unit.

TFS was alerted to the fire when the occupants called triple zero just before 12:25pm this afternoon. The occupants were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms installed in the unit. Crews from Ulverstone, Penguin and Burnie attended the fire. Volunteer firefighters from Ulverstone were the first on the scene and were able to enter the unit wearing breathing apparatus and save the occupant's pet dog.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the unit next door.

The estimate of damage is $255,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

West Ulverstone structure fire

Date: 7 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are on the scene of a structure fire on Blair Court in West Ulverstone.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Overnight fires at Orford and Railton

Date: 6 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Garage fire - Orford

TFS crews were called to a structure fire at Paradise Court, Orford at 5:50 last night to find a 3m x 3m backyard shed on fire. Damage is estimated at $3,000 and the cause will be investigated by a TFS fire investigator today.
Triabunna Fire Brigade attended.

Conveyor belt fire - Railton

TFS crews called to a structure fire on Cement Works Road, Railton just before 9pm last night. The fire was on a metal conveyor full of oil. Minimal firefighting was conducted and the oil fire was allowed to burn out. The fire started when hot material came into contact with grease and there was no damage to the structure or the conveyor belt.
Crews from Devonport, Railton, Sheffield and Latrobe attended.



Tasmania Fire Service

Zeehan shop fire - not deliberate

Date: 5 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service investigators have determined the likely cause of a shop fire in Zeehan this morning to be a fault in the oil cooking vat.

Around 8.30am, the owner of Cribb Hut on Main Street discovered a fire within the kitchen area, evacuated the building and called Triple Zero (000).

TFS crews attended the fire which had completely engulfed the shop.

The fire caused approximately $500,000 damage, however, TFS crews from Zeehan, Rosebery, Queenstown and Strahan were able to save the building at the rear of the premises.



Tasmania Fire Service

Zeehan structure fire

Date: 5 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are on the scene of a structure fire on Main Street in Zeehan.

Crews have arrived and the Cribb Hut is fully engulfed.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmania Fire Service urges people to stay safe in the home this winter

Date: 1 Jun 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

With winter now upon us, the Tasmania Fire Service is urging people to be aware of the ways they can keep themselves safe from the risk of fire in the home.

"Tasmanians have been shocked by the two recent fire fatalities we have had within the past week. These matters are serious and tragic. In winter, the risk of fires in the home increases, particularly as people start to heat their homes, and spend more time indoors," said Acting Community Fire Safety Director, Chris Collins.

"There are simple steps that everyone can take, such as installing smoke alarms, developing a home fire escape plan, and the safe use of electrical and heating. These steps will reduce the risk of fires starting and improve the chances of escaping alive if a fire does occur in your home.

With an average of 2.5 fire fatalities per year over the past four years, Tasmania has one of the highest rates of fire fatalities per capita. The most common accidental causes of house fires in Tasmania relate to cooking practices, heating, improper use of electrical equipment, and electrical faults.

"TFS responds to between 500 and 600 structure fires per year, and while we can go some years without a fire fatality, when they do occur, they affect families, communities, and first responders deeply.

"That is why we must learn from these tragedies and work together as a community to ensure we are all safe, especially those in the community who are most vulnerable such as the elderly," Mr Collins said.

Steps people can take to be safe from the risk of fire in the home include:

Installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in every sleeping area and hallway, including at the top of staircases.
Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan, so if a fire does start, everyone in the household knows what to do.
Keeping clothing and other flammable materials at least two metres from the heater and any radiant heat source.
Having chimney flues cleaned professionally twice a year.
Not overloading power boards and powerpoints.
Always using electrical equipment per the manufacturer's guidelines.
Installing a CablePI to detect wiring faults in the home (available from TasNetworks).
Cleaning out dryer lint filters before every use.
Switching off and unplugging appliances when not in use.



Tasmania Fire Service

Rosebery house fire under investigation

Date: 30 May 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house on Cross Street in Rosebery early this morning.

Emergency services were called to the fire at the vacant house around 3.45am.

Four TFS crews from Rosebery, Zeehan and Queenstown attended and extinguished the fire which destroyed the house.

A TFS fire investigator will conduct an investigation this morning to determine the cause of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

West Moonah house fire under investigation

Date: 24 May 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house on Robbins Place in West Moonah last night.

Emergency services were called to the fire around 11.10pm by an occupant of the property.

Three TFS crews from Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence attended and extinguished the fire which had fully engulfed the house.

A male occupant was treated at the scene by Ambulance Tasmania paramedics for minor burns to his hands.

A TFS fire investigator will conduct an investigation this morning.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January

Date: 3 Jan 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the 24 hours from 2am Friday 4th January 2019 until 2am Saturday 5 January 2019 for southern and northern region municipalities (except Flinders).

A total fire ban applies to all outdoor fire, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

This will affect the following municipalities:

North: Meander Valley, Tamar Valley, Break O'Day, Northen Midlands, George Town, Dorset, Launceston.

South: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman.

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High into Severe fire danger ratings for several districts in the state for Friday 4 January.

The conditions are forecast to be windy and dry with temperatures in excess of 35 degrees in certain areas.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air.

Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property are required to make sure they are completely extinguished.

Some areas in the Southern and Northern Regions, particularly the South East, Upper Derwent Valley, and East Coast may see temperatures over 30 degrees and wind gusts up to 40km/h which will push fires rapidly making them dangerous and difficult to control.

"A number of the fires that occurred over the Christmas and New Year period proved very difficult to control. For fires that start on Friday with the conditions that are forecast it will be even worse," said Deputy Chief Officer, Bruce Byatt.

"It is vital that as a community we recognise the risks we face from bushfire, especially on days where the forecast fire danger will be challenging.

"People can assist with these challenges by promptly reporting fires via Triple Zero, preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions.

Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania has instigated a heightened state of readiness during Friday including strategically placed firefighting strike teams and aircraft, pre-formed incident management teams as well as extra firefighting resources to be on standby to quickly deal with any outbreaks of fire.

Tasmania Fire Service urges the public to heed the Total Fire Ban in place and to report any fires immediately by calling triple zero (000). Immediate reporting increases the likelihood that the fire can be contained quickly.

When instances of high fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the Tasmania Fire Service website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans for their area. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual emergency plans prior to a fire occurring.

More information on Total Fire Bans and incidents in your area can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au or by listening to ABC Radio.



Tasmania Fire Service

Middleton's new fire station officially opens

Date: 14 Dec 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: contact via media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

The new Middleton Fire Station will be officially opened today.

The new station is on the same site as the original station which was deliberately destroyed by fire in July last year.

TFS Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said TFS appreciated the patience of the community and the brigade's members while the re-build has been going through the planning and building process.

"The fire brigade has shown great resilience and patience while we have been working on providing them with a new fit-for-purpose station.

"The new station is over 70m2 larger than the old station and much more efficient in its layout. It includes an area for ventilation of clothing, space around the appliances for members to move around, and a training room.

"The loss of their original station was a trying and emotional time for members. We are very pleased to be opening their new facility today with more space and an improved design so the dedicated membership once again has a hub to work from and call their own.

"The brigade's response to incidents in the area was unaffected during this period, largely due to the generosity of a brigade member who housed two small fire trucks on his property, and an additional larger truck located at Woodbridge Station," he said.