Fires engulf homes

Fires engulf homes

Two homes have been destroyed by fire in the last few days, devastating two local families.

Fire caused $130,000 damage to a home in Tarpeena on Sunday morning.

Three CFS crews and a bulk water carrier were called to the residential property just after 10am and found the home engulfed in flames.

Twenty-one firefighters worked defensively to stop the fire spreading further from the Morphett Terrace structure, however the home could not be saved.

The occupants were not home at the time and no injuries were reported.

CFS crews remained onsite for some time to ensure the scene was safe.

The firefighters were supported onsite by SAPOL, SA Ambulance Service and SA Power Networks.

The cause has not yet been determined.

In a separate incident, fire caused an estimated $600,000 damage to a Mount Gambier home.

Three MFS and three CFS crews were called to Altinio Dive just before 9am on Thursday.

On arrival the firefighters saw flames coming from the rear of the home, with smoke also issuing from the single storey property.

Twenty-two firefighters took 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

One occupant had self evacuated and was treated by SA Ambulance Service crews at the scene.

Fire investigators attended the property later that day and an MFS spokesperson said the cause was believed to have been an electrical fault from a power board used in a bedroom.

The MFS then issued a warning about safe electrical practices within the home.

“Never daisy chain electrical items like multiple power boards and extension cords together,” a spokesperson said.

“Overloading power sockets with multiple electrical items can lead to overheating and result in a fire in your home.

“Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for usage and maintenance of any electrical items.”

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