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Two houses destroyed at Beechwood

Published: 23rd January 2010

At 6.22pm on Saturday 23 January, Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Laurieton firefighters, together with four Rural Fire Service units were called to a house fire in Beechwood Rd, Beechwood, eight kilometres out of Wauchope. Wauchope fire crew were first on scene and the Captain reported that one house was already totally involved and fire had spread to a second house with a third house also under threat. The fire had originally started in a rear shed and may possibly have been caused by the incorrect use of an LPG cooking device. It quickly spread to the shed, a car and the houses. Fire rescue officers were successful in saving a third house under threat. Two woman suffering shock were transported to Wauchope Base Hospital where they quickly recovered. This incident once again highlights the need for the community to be alerted to the dangers associated with the incorrect use of LPG appliances.