Fire damages house on Hellyer Street

Emergency. Local fire crews have contained a house fire at Hellyer Street in Smithton, but not before flames gutted the building earlier today. No one was believed to have been seriously injured in the blaze, with the cause still to be identified. More in this week’s Chronicle.

3 years ago

Emergency courtesy

Advice. Giving way to emergency service vehicles on Tasmanian roads isn’t just a case of good driving manners – it’s the law. Local police and SES volunteers are among those calling for drivers to be alert but not alarmed when faced with flashing lights and sirens, citing several recent instances of indecision and lack of …

4 years ago

Child alerts family of fire

Emergency. Smithton residents have had a lucky escape from a Cuba Road house, which caught alight just before 10am on Sunday. Five occupants of the house – three adults and two young children – were in bed at the time, but all escaped serious injury after one of the children raised the alarm. Smithton Police …

4 years ago
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Barn fire at Irishtown

Property. Fire has destroyed a barn at Irishtown, causing an estimated $25,000 worth of damage. Smithton Police and Tasmania Fire Service were called to Irishtown Road at 6.45pm on Wednesday to find a barn containing hay alight. The fire was extinguished after some time, however not before the barn was destroyed and the adjoining calf …

4 years ago

Vehicle catches alight

Fire. Local firefighters and police were called to a house on Pelican Lane in Smithton on Tuesday, where a small fire involving a vehicle was quickly brought under control. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported, although the vehicle was completely destroyed. Constable Josh Woods said the blaze was sparked accidentally, with the …

5 years ago

Fighting fire with Phil

Fires. “Like fiercely burning gunpowder racing across the ground” is how the debris burned on the ground in the recent Lithgow fires, according to Smithton firefighter Phil Cole. Mr Cole was one of a team of 18 who helped to get the recent fires in the Blue Mountains under control. Due to the extremely rough …

5 years ago

Planned burns today

Forestry Tasmania is planning to complete three button grass burns which were scheduled yesterday but not undertaken due to operational constraints. These burns are part of the strategic fuel management program which is to provide protection to assets in the general area in the event of future wildfires. The burns are located at: Salmon River Plain …

5 years ago

Memories haunt house owner

Fire. Remembering what was in the house is what hurts most for house owner Marco Salihovic. His photos and computer with the backed-up photos. Fifteen years of family life. “I’ve got a lot of memories in that house,” he said. “I had marks on the walls where the kids had grown.” Mr Salihovic was at …

5 years ago

Gas helped fuel Montumana fire

Fire. Despite it being situated just metres from the Montumana Fire Station, one Rocky Cape house did not survive a fire on Saturday afternoon. Tasmanian Fire Service district officer Jodi Armstrong said by the time the fire brigade was on the scene (20 minutes after the call) the property was fully engulfed by flames. He …

5 years ago

Hellyer house uninsured?

Fire. A fire in Hellyer on Monday has completely destroyed an underinsured house and its contents. Burnie Fire Brigade station officer David Homan said it seemed the house, that was owned by a mainlander and rented out, was not insured. “We’re not sure if it’s insured or not. It appeared from speaking to the owner …

5 years ago