Sudden blaze ruins Joyce's Creek home

HOW IT UNFOLDED: Brigades rushing to scene 

A home in Joyce's Creek near Newstead is in ruins after a fire on Monday afternoon.

Logs on a fire in the home rolled out of the fireplace in one of the rooms, which quickly set the carpet and wooden floor alight.

A 16-year-old male attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful.

In the process, he received burns to his arms and legs and was taken by paramedics to Bendigo Hospital for treatment.

Craig Hepburn of the Newstead Country Fire Authority Group said the teenager's burns were "not serious burns but bad enough" to warrant immediate medical attention.

Leading Senior Constable Grant MacDonald said the fire took hold too quickly and the teenager was unable to stop the flames.

He said the house, being a structure made of wood, caught fire very quickly. 

The fire took hours to bring under control with CFA firefighters working into nightfall.

Four tankers, two pumpers and two forward command vehicles from Bendigo, Carisbrook, Campbells Creek, Campbelltown, Maldon, Moolort and Newstead brigades worked to contain the blaze. 

A Bendigo protective equipment van assisted with refilling oxygen cylinders. 

Leading Senior Constable MacDonald said services, including the Red Cross, would be offered to the family to support them after the loss of their property. The family is well known to the local brigade and the community.


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