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House fire in Kaleen

Firefighters have extinguished a house fire on Bemboka Crescent in Kaleen.

Two residents were home at the time and called Emergency Triple Zero (000) after hearing noises in the roof. They safely evacuated before ACT Fire & Rescue arrived on scene just before 6am.

The fire was contained to the roof space and it is believed the fire began in the chimney. Firefighters are now checking for fire extension through the rest of the house.

Two trucks, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander remain on site.

ACT Ambulance Service also attended but no one required treatment.

Update – Grass fire – Lawson

ACT Rural Fire Service Parks Brigade are conducting blacking out operations.

There is no current threat to surrounding properties.

Fire crews will stay on scene until operations are complete.

Grass fire – Lawson

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a grass fire off Baldwin Drive in Lawson.

Two compressed air foam systems, one pumper and one commander are on scene, with more resources on the way.

Update to follow.

Mattress fire – Barton

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Emergency Triple Zero (E000) call received at approximately 2:40am reporting a smouldering mattress. The ESA Communication Centre call-taker advised the caller to evacuate the unit and close the door.

Three adults and three children safely evacuated the unit and awaited emergency services on scene.

Firefighters arrived to the ground floor unit on Bourke Street in Barton to find the mattress alight. After being extinguished, the mattress was removed from the building and atmospheric monitoring and air ventilation operations were conducted.

The cause of the incident was determined to be a lamp which had fallen onto a bed where children were sleeping, causing the mattress to smoulder.

No injuries have been reported.

ACT Fire & Rescue reminds the community to ensure all electrical appliances are safely positioned away from sleeping areas. Further information on home fire safety can be found on the ESA website –

Automatic Fire Alarm – Griffith

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an automatic fire alarm that was activated in the East Hotel on Giles Street in Griffith at approximately 12:10pm.

Firefighters arrived to find one level of the building smoke logged and evacuated approximately 20 occupants from the affected floor.

The source of the smoke was quickly determined to be a burnt cooking appliance, with no sign of fire.

Firefighters have removed the appliance from the building and are conducting atmospheric monitoring and air ventilation.

Occupants will be allowed to re-enter the affected floor once the area is deemed safe.

ACT Fire & Rescue reminds the community “Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking”.