Holiday nightmare: hostel up in flames

In the small hours of the morning on Friday, Police, firefighters and paramedics were called out to Adelaide Terrace where 30 backpackers stood on the street watching their hostel burn. One woman was dead inside the Exclusive Backpackers hostel, and three others were rushed to hospital to treat smoke inhalation. Arson and homicide squad detectives…

Teenage charged over Mosman Park bushfire

WA Police have charged a 16-year-old boy over a small bushfire in Mosman Park yesterday. Strike Force Vulcan detectives will allege the youth along with two others were on mopeds fired off an emergency flare from the Camp Waller Scout Hall located on Jerrat Drive in East Fremantle. The flare ignited dense bushland and Water…

Police investigates cause of active Nambeelup fire

WA Police are investigating a fire currently burning that they believe was started by a vehicle in Nambeelup. Strike Force Vulcan offices believe the fire was started at around 8:45pm by the vehicle on Wednesday night on Lakes Yangedi Roads. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) personnel are currently actively fighting the fire and…

South Kalgoorlie house fire causes $200,000 damage to home

WA Police are seeking information over a suspicious house fire in South Kalgoorlie that has caused $200,000 worth of damage. Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to the fire at the home on Balfour Street at around 4:45am. The fire caused extensive damage to the house. Kalgoorlie Detectives are treating…

Kenwick home gutted by fire

A Kenwick home has been severely damaged following a house fire late on Tuesday night. Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to the fire at the home on Wanaping Road at about 11:40pm. It has caused extensive damage. The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and Arson…

WA contributes firefighters amid worsening Queensland fires

Queensland’s bushfire fighting effort will be bolstered with extra help, with WA crews joining the effort. WA volunteer firefighters and career officers have flown out on Thursday to relieve exhausted Queensland firefighters, as conditions worsen in parts of southern Queensland forecast to worsen in coming days. The crews will work on the fire fronts as…

One person dead during house fire in spate of home blazes

One person has died in a Bullsbrook fire, during a series of house fires around Perth. The fire was sparked just before 4am, with the whole house fully alight when firefighters arrived at the home in Savy Close. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances for the fire, despite no cause being established. Meanwhile, a…

Action plan encourages women’s representation in fire frontline and management

Women have been encouraged to pursue a career in fire management and fire leadership, following a State Government plan to boost gender diversity. The government’s premier land management agency the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service has unveiled its Women in Fire Management Action Plan in increase female representation. The plan…

Fire guts home carport in Guildford

WA Police are seeking for public help into a house fire in Guildford overnight that has resulted in extensive damage to a home and property. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) were called to the Helena Street property at around 1:20am, where there was fire in the carport. DFES attended the home and…

European heat wave puts Notre Dame Cathedral’s ceiling further at risk

By Helene Fung Picture Courtesy: LeLaisserPasserA38  Philippe Villeneuve, the chief architect of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral which was devastated by fire back in April, said that he is “very worried about the heat wave”, and fear that the rapidly drying joints and masonry “lose their coherence, their cohesion and their structural qualities and…