Firefighters have warned the public to always report in-house fires even if they are extinguished.
Firefighters have warned the public to always report in-house fires even if they are extinguished. Rob Wright

Calls to report every fire

FIREFIGHTERS have urged property owners to take necessary precautions if and when an in-home fire is extinguished.

The call from the Coffs Harbour NSW Fire and Rescue station comes after a busy weekend of call-outs.

One incident on Saturday night saw extensive damage caused to the kitchen of a Toormina home. 

Fire crews were called to the McFadyn St home at 5.42pm and arrived to find the kitchen fire had been extinguished by a neighbour.

However, one person was treated at the scene from smoke inhalation by Ambulance paramedics and taken to

"Even though the fire had been extinguished it was important that our fire crews were able to inspect the kitchen and ventilate the premises," Coffs Harbour Senior Firefighter Mark Rainey said. 

"What is most important is that we can use thermal imaging cameras to inspect the walls and make sure a flare-up doesn't occur either within the walls or inside the roof after a fire has occured.

Coffs Harbour fire crews were also called to an apparent fire on Mnt Browne Rd on Saturday at 10.32am.

A passing motorists reported seeing smoke and believed it may have been a house fire.

Fire crews inspected and found grass near the house was being burned off.



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