Garage fire threatens house


Fire investigators are trying to find the cause of a garage fire that threatened to spread to a house near Three Brothers Corner on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the fire at 30 Appleby Highway at around 2.30pm on Thursday after the occupants of the house phoned 111. It took four crews about 20 minutes to control the blaze that destroyed the garage and threatened to spread to the nearby house on the property.

“The fire was fully involved when we got there and there was a lot of heat,” Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer Paul Sixtus says. “So the first attack was to protect the house – two of the windows had broken it was so hot.”

Paul says two crews from Richmond and one each from Stoke and Nelson attended the blaze. Crews needed to use breathing apparatus to get close enough to control the fire.

Nelson fire service specialist fire investigator Craig Piner says investigators were due back at the scene of the fire on Friday morning.

“It was getting too dark to see anything yesterday so it will be investigated today. At this stage we don’t know how it started.”

Craig says the fire destroyed about “half a dozen” motorcycles that were stored in the garage.