A hungry dog and a flare created a highly unusual incident on Tuesday. When the Cardiff fire crew responded to a fire under an Elermore Vale house, they found it had been caused by a dog chewing on a flare. The flare activated, igniting newspapers and an old vacuum.
Neighbours saw the flames and used a garden hose on the fire.
"It took some investigation to discover the cause of the fire. Fortunately, the offending dog appeared unharmed," station officer Boyd Conrick said.
WET WEATHER ACCIDENTS
Recent wet weather has led to an increase in road accidents. On Wednesday morning, a vehicle travelling north on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown hit a telegraph pole and flipped. Charlestown firefighters stabilised the car and helped free the driver. Two northbound lanes were closed for several hours until the wreckage was cleared and the road made safe. Also on Wednesday morning, a truck rolled on Newcastle Link Road, spilling scrap metal onto the road and verge. Fire crews provided protection until the truck was righted.
ANIMAL RESCUE TRAINING
Lambton fire crews attended a Large Animal Rescue Training course recently at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Firefighters participated in rescue scenarios involving large animals in simulated incidents, ranging from animals fallen in stalls to animals in dams and pools. Lambton Rescue Operators and Technical Rescue Vehicle have the capability to rescue large animals.