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Media Releases

1. Mount Lyell Mine tyre fire Release Date: 2021-10-15
2. Second Structure Fire - Oldaker Street, Devonport Release Date: 2021-10-06
3. Structure Fire - Oldaker Street, Devonport Release Date: 2021-10-06
4. Structure Fire - Madden Street, Devonport Release Date: 2021-10-06
5. Ridgley house fire cause determination Release Date: 2021-09-28
6. Structure Fire - Ridgely Highway, Ridgely Release Date: 2021-09-28
7. Outside refrigerator caused Mornington house fire Release Date: 2021-09-22
8. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08


Tasmania Fire Service

Mount Lyell Mine tyre fire

Date: 15 Oct 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service crews are on the scene of a fire incident at the Mount Lyell Mine at Queenstown.

Three crews were called to the fire just after 12:30am and arrived to find approximately 2000 tyres on fire in a gully of an open cut mine. The gully is approximately 500 metres deep and is difficult to access.

The fire is expected to burn for several days until it self-extinguishes.

A smoke alert is in place advising people in the area to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed, and wear masks outside should the wind direction change to push smoke towards the town.

The Environmental Protection Authority has been notified of the incident.

The incident has now been handed over to mine management and the local council to monitor and TFS crews are leaving the scene.

The cause of the fire cannot be determined due to access difficulties.



Tasmania Fire Service

Second Structure Fire - Oldaker Street, Devonport

Date: 6 Oct 2021 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Devonport and Latrobe are currently on scene at a second Structure Fire in Oldaker Street, Devonport. On arrival the crews found that the house was going well.

Further information will be provided when available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Oldaker Street, Devonport

Date: 6 Oct 2021 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Devonport and Latrobe are currently on scene at a Structure Fire in Oldaker Street, Devonport. On arrival the crews found that the rear of the house was on fire.

Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Madden Street, Devonport

Date: 6 Oct 2021 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Devonport and Latrobe are currently on scene at a Structure Fire in Madden Street, Devonport. On arrival it was found that the house was fully involved in fire.

Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Ridgley house fire cause determination

Date: 28 Sep 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators have determined the fire which caused significant damage to a house in Ridgley in the early hours of this morning was caused by burning timber rolling from an open fireplace.

Fire crews from Burnie, Ridgley and Somerset arrived at the Ridgley Highway property shortly after 5am to find the house well alight and the occupant of the house requiring first aid treatment for smoke inhalation.

The man phone Tasmania Fire Service after waking up to the noise of the fire in the living room.

"Investigations concluded that a spark or timber had rolled out of the fireplace and ignited the floor," TFS fire investigator Wayne Viney said.

"TFS recommends open fireplaces are never left unattended or burning through the night and ensure there is appropriate protection such as a fire guard to prevent logs from rolling out.

"Thankfully the occupant woke up and was able to escape the house without serious injury," said Mr Viney.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Ridgely Highway, Ridgely

Date: 28 Sep 2021 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Ridgely, Burnie and Somerset are currently attending a house fire at Ridgely Highway, Ridgely. On arrival the crews found that the house was fully engulfed in fire.

Further details will be provided when available



Tasmania Fire Service

Outside refrigerator caused Mornington house fire

Date: 22 Sep 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators have determined the fire which destroyed a house in Mornington last night started in a refrigerator with the cause deemed accidental.

Fire crews from Hobart and Clarence arrived shortly after 8pm to find the house on Akora Street well alight.

The house was destroyed by the fire with damage estimated at around $500,000.

Tasmania Fire Service Fire Investigator Tim McKay said "the fire started in the base of the refrigerator and has spread rapidly causing extensive damage to the house".

"While there is nothing to suggest the appliance which caused last night's fire was not in good working condition prior to the fire, I do encourage people to ensure that all household appliances are regularly checked to ensure they are in good working order.

"While thankfully the occupants of the house were not home at the time of the fire last night, this is an opportune time to remind everyone of the importance of having a well-rehearsed evacuation plan and to ensure that all homes are fitted with working smoke alarms," said Mr McKay.



Tasmania Fire Service

New resource for students aims to build community resilience

Date: 8 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A resource aimed at teaching students how to prepare, respond and recover from the most common natural emergencies is now available in Tasmania.

Developed by the Tasmania Fire Service, Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania is an online teaching resource linked to the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5-8.

"Resilient communities assist emergency services during the response to an emergency because they have planned, they are prepared, and they know what they are going to do to help themselves," said Jeremy Smith, TFS Director Community Fire Safety.

"School children are a vulnerable section of our community and influencing their attitudes early will make them agents of change. DRET helps students understand how mitigation, planning and emergency drills can help them to be safer in a disaster emergency, and they also learn where to find Tasmanian flood, storm and bushfire emergency information

"People don't have to be a member of the emergency services to teach children and young people about disaster resilience, and this online resource equips teachers to do just that.

"The program is hosted on a website and is an easy to use, interactive teacher delivery package of five weekly lessons covering Tasmania's top three natural hazards of flood, storm and bushfire.

The Glen Huon community was most recently impacted by the summer bushfires that impacted the region, with many local families evacuating to the evacuation centre at Huon Valley PCYC.

"Glen Huon Primary School has been instrumental in the development of the resource, and now the project is finalised they have been using the resource in their classrooms for the past eight weeks. The recent bushfires came within one kilometre of the township, with some homes lost in the area. This means that many of the students have real life examples to draw on when working through the content of the resource.

"The students have already participated in a local project to plan a mural which demonstrate the region's bushfire risk," said Mr Smith.

The project has been funded through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program and has been a collaboration between the Tasmania Fire Service, other emergency services agencies, the Department of Education, parents and carers.

The resource is available at www.disasterresiliencetas.com.au.