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House fire at Cremorne

Published: 6th March 2006

Shortly after 8.30am on Thursday 2 March 2006, the NSW Fire Brigades received triple zero calls reporting a house on fire in Rangers Ave at Cremorne. Crews from Mosman and Neutral Bay were immediately responded. Due to the volume of triple zero calls, another crew from Darlinghurst was also sent.

The Neutral Bay crew arrived five minutes later to find a well advanced fire in the back section of a single level, semi-detached house.

Firefighters put on air cylinders to search the house and attack the fire which had spread through a shared roof space to involve the loft of the house next door. The two occupants of the neighbouring house had been alerted to the fire by passers-by and escaped unharmed. Firefighters found the other house unoccupied.

Once the bulk of the fire was extinguished, firefighters needed to access the ceiling and roof to check the fire spread. To accomplish this safely, a ladder truck, a rescue unit and another fire crew were sent to help. In total 20 firefighters attended the incident.

In a painstaking effort which lasted for two hours firefighters contained the fire to the loft area of the second house. They remained at the scene for another 90 minutes mopping up and assisting the Police with investigations.

The fire caused extensive damage to both properties. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.