Laanecoorie scrub fire came within 20m of house

UPDATE 2.50pm: CFA crews have saved a house threatened by a grass fire this afternoon at Laancoorie which destroyed a shed and farm equipment.

Incident controller, Dunolly fire brigade first lieutenant Ken Duell, said the fire was now under control but nine CFA crews were blacking out the grounds before a south-west wind change expected between 3pm and 5pm this afternoon.

He said the fire was sparked on a private property on the north side of Eddington-Laancoorie Road by an electrical wire that fell on to dry grass and ignited.

The fire destroyed a shed and a spraying unit before jumping the road and threatening a house.

The fire came within 20 metres of the house but crews were able to save it because the house was surrounded by green lawn, Mr Duell said.

About 40 acres were burnt, he said.

“It’s under control but there is a very strong wind change expected and the tankers are working very hard to get everything blacked out so there’s no chance of it taking off again,” Mr Duell said.

EARLIER: NINE CFA trucks are fighting a small grass and scrub fire at Laanecoorie on Eddington-Laanecoorie Road.

A CFA spokeswoman said the fire began approximately 12.46pm, had damaged a shed.

A water bombing aircraft was at the scene to assess whether water bombing was necessary.

There were no reports of injuries and the fire is believed to be about 50 acres in size.

The cause is unknown.

More to come…

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