Caravan Fire - Cardiff South

Published: 08 Jan 2021 12:28pm

Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out inside a caravan on Second St, Cardiff South just before 12:30pm this afternoon.

Crews from Charlestown and Cardiff Fire Stations arrived a short time later to find a large amount of smoke issuing from inside the caravan.

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the blaze and prevent further damage to the van, thankfully no one was inside at the time of the incident.

Initial investigations suggest the fire occurred due to an electrical fault in solar panel wiring system within in the caravan.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said it was important to take steps to ensure solar panels were as safe as possible.

"Over the last five years we have seen solar panel related fires increase five-fold. It is not uncommon to see solar panels cause house and building fires," he said.

“By ensuring solar panels are installed by a licensed installer, and are well maintained by a professional, you can prevent a tragedy."

For more information on solar panel safety, visit the Fair Trading website.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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Stations nearby

CARDIFF Fire Station

18 Taylor Street, Cardiff NSW 2285


3 Charles Street, Charlestown NSW 2290


70 Violet Town Road, Tingira Heights NSW 2290