Neighbours chip in to help save shed

ROCKHAMPTON businessman Noel Van Itallie mounted an old fire hose reel in his backyard only a few days before a fire came close to burning down his shed yesterday.

The only problem is this weekend's job was to connect it to the water supply.

But lucky for Noel, who was busy working at his new Main Steel and Fasteners business when the fire went up at Parkhurst just after 10am, his neighbours raced over to start extinguishing the blaze.

After Noel got the call from his two boys saying, “Dad, the shed's about to go up in fire,” he rushed home and fire crews had the blaze under control.

“I thought the last thing we needed was to lose the shed and everything in it,” he said.

Noel said his first priority now was to get the old fire hose reel he got off a mate up and running.

Six crews battled this blaze stretching between William Palfrey Road and Belmont Road at Parkhurst near Rockhampton, having saved several houses that were under threat.

Late yesterday a very high bushfire alert was issued to residents in the Upper Ulam area, east of Mt Morgan, to be prepared to enact their bushfire plans after a large blaze was located at 4pm (see other fires in fact box).

This fire was moving quickly and firefighters were experiencing difficulty controlling it.

A round-up of CQ fires yesterday:

• Crews continue to monitor Mt Morgan fires.

• Firefighters went to a grassfire on Station Creek Road at Bajool after 1pm, burning five acres of land.

• One crew monitored a fire near Tranquil Valley and Hoffman roads at Tungamull.

• Seven crews remained at the large Captain Creek grassfire near Agnes Water.


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