$350,000 damage to Tanunda house

Special machinery from Woodville MFS was brought in to assist with checking the Tanunda property, particularly the roof, following a house fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A fire has caused an estimated $350,000 damage to a house in Bridge Street, Tanunda last Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire is believed to be from an electrical fault with a clothes dryer. 

The township woke to the sound of what has been reported as gunshots, were gas cylinders which exploded as a result of the heat from the fire, at around  6.30 a.m.

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CFS from Tanunda and Nuriootpa and MFS from Tanunda and Gawler attended the scene and were faced with a  house fully engulfed in flames and
resulted in a second alarm seeking more crews to assist.

According to Stuart Dawes, Northern Operations MFS Commander, the fire was quite intense and was spreading through the house when crews arrived.

“Our first concern was if there were any occupants in the house but the owner had already gone to work,” Mr Dawes told The Leader on the scene.

It took an hour to contain the fire and once extinguished, MFS investigators attended the scene to determine the cause.

They were also on hand to assist with any flare ups, bringing in machinery from Woodville.

“There were problematic areas in the roof,” said Mr Dawes.

“Crews were at the back of the property putting water on the building to protect neighbouring housing.”

Flames had gone through to the roof proving a challenge for crews, resulting in the uncertainty of the building’s structure.

The fire has prompted Mr Dawes to urge  the public of the importance of having working smoke alarms and ensuring electrical equipment is maintained.