Fire destroys Woodburn house
THE destruction by fire of a house on Trustum's Hill Rd south of Woodburn served as a timely reminder to change smoke alarm batteries Coady Strong of the Evans Head Fire and Rescue service said.
Just after 7pm on Saturday, March 31, Woodburn Rural Fire Brigade and Evans Head Fire and Rescue crews were called to the house which was well alight when the crews arrived.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt or injured. Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.
Mr Strong urged householders to change their smoke alarm batteries.
"Taking a few minutes to ensure smoke alarms were working properly could buy valuable time for families during an emergency," he said.
"Smoke alarms can save lives, but only if they are in proper working order. A smoke alarm with a flat battery is just as bad as no smoke alarm at all."
Mr Strong also reminded residents aged over 65 or with a disability of a free program run by the brigade to replace smoke alarm batteries.
"Once we visit we put their information into our database and we will change their batteries every year," he said.
"We can also fit detectors and give advice on how many are needed and the best place to put them."
For more information or to arrange a Fire and Rescue visit contact 66824400.