Rural firies battle shed blaze in Arcadia

The NSW Rural Fire Service has reminded residents to be vigilant about winter fire safety after a large shed fire in Arcadia on Saturday.

Fire fighters were called to the fire about 9pm on Saturday, June 23.

When they arrived they found a large shed well alight and it took about 50 fire fighters several hours to extinguish the fire.

The fire caused significant damage to property inside the shed.

There were no injuries.

But RFS Operations Officer Kane Lambkin said it is a timely reminder for residents to think about fire safety in and around their home.

“Winter is traditionally the most dangerous time of year for home fires and it’s important that residents remain vigilant to the risk of fire,” said Mr Lambkin said.

“People need to be aware of the risks associated with using heating and other electrical appliances during the colder months.

“Households should regularly check heating and other electrical appliances for faults, turn off electric blankets when not in use and use ember guards on wood-fired heaters and dispose of the hot ash properly.

“It is also vital that people take simple fire safety steps such as ensuring they have working smoke alarms and evacuation plans.”

“The emergency services may need to travel a considerable distance in remote areas, so it is vital that people in rural and isolated locations are conscious of the need to take fire safety precautions.

“Whether you’re at home or on holidays staying in a motel, bed and breakfast, guesthouse or cottage, you should know how to escape in the event of a fire and where to go once you’re out,” he said.

“In the event of a fire, you should get out, call Triple Zero and wait for the emergency services to arrive.”

“Families should discuss this plan with their children so everyone knows what to do.

"If you are in an isolated location, it is even more important that you can escape the fire quickly and stay safe until the emergency services arrive."

Resident can visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information on winter fire safety.

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