School students and staff at Orrvale Primary School were evacuated after a fire broke out on a neighbouring property.KAITLIN THALS November 24, 2012 4:34am
Firefighters said a weatherboard home and neighbouring primary school could have been at risk when fire broke out in Orrvale yesterday.
Shepparton Country Fire Authority senior station officer Trevor Logan said the fire started at an Orrvale property on Channel Rd at about 11.22
He said neighbouring Orrvale Primary School evacuated students before CFA arrived on scene.
‘‘If it had of been a windy day they may have been in a bit of trouble, but there was no wind and the fire was moving slowly,’’ Mr Logan said.
He said firefighters contained the blaze at about 11.50
Mr Logan said the fire spread to a small shed made from timber and corrugated iron, which was destroyed.
CFA personnel managed to stop the fire reaching a garage and an unoccupied weatherboard home on the property.
Mr Logan said the cause of the fire, measuring half a hectare, was still being investigated.
He said the owner of the property, who lived in Shepparton and resided at the home on weekends, conducted a burn-off two days ago.
‘‘Anyone burning-off has to be vigilant and make sure the fire is extinguished and remain in attendance,’’ he said.
Mr Logan reminded residents that fire restrictions would take place from December 3.
Shepparton Police sergeant Paul Gordon urged the community to be ‘‘extra diligent’’ when conducting a burn-off.
‘‘With the weather conditions and dry grass around, people need to be extra diligent and plan a burn-off with the CFA, by applying for a permit if necessary,’’ Sgt Gordon said.
Four CFA tankers were called upon with 15 personnel from Shepparton, Shepparton East, Cosgrove-Pine Lodge and Kialla fighting the blaze.
A CFA Field Command Vehicle, Shepparton Police and Shepparton Highway Patrol also attended.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.