The new Foster and Toora CFA pumpers had their first outings when they attended a fire in a Toora house early last Tuesday afternoon. However, there were no flames and little water was required at the scene.
A couple of CFA officers used the hooligan bar and axe which came with the pumpers to break in through the back door of the smoke-filled house. The smoke was reported by neighbours shortly after 1pm. It originated from a pot of oil which was simmering on a hot stove. The fire officers wore breathing apparatus and took the pot outside – along with a cat and some caged birds – and the smoke gradually dispersed.
A subsequent investigation found that the stove dial had been faulty and had indicated incorrectly when the owner left the house that the stove was off.