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Shop fire, Yagoona

Published: 21st March 2006

Thirty firefighters from six brigades battled a fire that consumed a shop in Yagoona on 20 March 2006. The NSW Fire Brigades received several triple zero calls at around 3.30 am reporting a shop on fire and immediately dispatched three crews. The Bankstown crew arrived five minutes later to confirm a charcoal chicken business engulfed in fire with neighbouring shops under threat.

As the Incident Commander was requesting more assistance, firefighters put on air cylinders to search the two level building and attack the fire. Crews entered adjacent businesses including a bakery, butcher and restaurant. Nobody was found inside.

As more resources arrived, firefighters consolidated the attack on the fire to prevent it from extending to the adjacent property. After 45 minutes the fire was contained and had not spread beyond the chicken shop. Crews remained at the scene for another four hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. They also assisted with the investigation.

The fire extensively damaged the chicken shop but firefighters saved the surrounding businesses. One firefighter had minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Ambulance officers before resuming duty.

The NSW Fire Brigades’ Fire Investigation and Research Unit is working with the Police to determine the cause of the fire.