Workmen extinguish unit fire

Coffs Harbour firefighters respond to a unit fire at Opal Cove this afternoon around 2pm.
Coffs Harbour firefighters respond to a unit fire at Opal Cove this afternoon around 2pm. Robin Wright

QUICK thinking workmen have assisted firefighters to extinguish a fire inside a Coffs Harbour unit this afternoon.

Working on the grounds of Opal Cove installing electrical conduits, the workmen noticed smoke rising from a nearby unit just before 1.45pm and acted fast to break inside and extinguish the flames.

"We heard the fire alarm and smelt the smoke," Anthony Smith of Reg Latter Electrical said.

Matt Wisz of Karangi Excavation was also on scene and gained entry to the home as the electricians switched off the power.

"We went to investigate and the unit was alight, we kicked the door in, we saw a car outside and thought someone might be in there, but luckily it was empty," Matt said.

"There were flames rising up the walls and we had a small fire extinguisher and used it to put the fire out.

A nearby neighbour called triple-0 and fire crews remain on scene. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.   

The fire is the second to occur in Coffs Harbour within 24 hours.

Firefighters from the Coffs Harbour Station extinguished a fire inside a unit in San Francisco Ave, Park Beach last night.

Topics:  karangi excavations, opal cove, reg latter electrical, unit fire




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