Fires in fridge, vanity and rubbish pile

There was a mixed bag of calls for Gisborne firefighters yesterday afternoon, with small fires that involved a refrigerator, a bathroom vanity unit and a rubbish fire.

Two people were treated by St John ambulance officers after the refrigerator in their unit on a property in Sheehan Street started to smoulder.

Fire and Emergency NZ received a 111 call just before 4pm yesterday and sent two appliances.

“The first fire crew put out the small fire with an extinguisher and carried the refrigerator outside,” a senior firefighter said.

“There was a small amount of damage to the kitchen floor but no other structural damage. There was some smoke damage.”

Occupants of the unit were treated for a degree of smoke inhalation.

“The smoke alarm in the unit was covered and in the wrong place.

“Ensure a smoke alarm can operate correctly and ensure it is positioned correctly.”

At 2.10pm yesterday, fire crews were sent to a house in Chalmers Road where a small fire had started in a vanity unit in the bathroom.

“The occupants had put it out,” she said. “The cause was not determined. There was a small amount of damage to the vanity.”

The Manutuke volunteer brigade was turned out at about 4.45pm yesterday in response to a rubbish fire that firefighters said got out of hand on a property in Papatu Road at Manutuke.

“The Manutuke crew and their tanker dealt with it using a high pressure delivery.”

There was a mixed bag of calls for Gisborne firefighters yesterday afternoon, with small fires that involved a refrigerator, a bathroom vanity unit and a rubbish fire.

Two people were treated by St John ambulance officers after the refrigerator in their unit on a property in Sheehan Street started to smoulder.

Fire and Emergency NZ received a 111 call just before 4pm yesterday and sent two appliances.

“The first fire crew put out the small fire with an extinguisher and carried the refrigerator outside,” a senior firefighter said.

“There was a small amount of damage to the kitchen floor but no other structural damage. There was some smoke damage.”

Occupants of the unit were treated for a degree of smoke inhalation.

“The smoke alarm in the unit was covered and in the wrong place.

“Ensure a smoke alarm can operate correctly and ensure it is positioned correctly.”

At 2.10pm yesterday, fire crews were sent to a house in Chalmers Road where a small fire had started in a vanity unit in the bathroom.

“The occupants had put it out,” she said. “The cause was not determined. There was a small amount of damage to the vanity.”

The Manutuke volunteer brigade was turned out at about 4.45pm yesterday in response to a rubbish fire that firefighters said got out of hand on a property in Papatu Road at Manutuke.

“The Manutuke crew and their tanker dealt with it using a high pressure delivery.”

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