Cooma Fire and Rescue have been busy this week responding to a number of property fires, prompting a warning from Captain Chris Reeks who has urged people to safely dispose of their fireplace ash.
Two sheds were destroyed on Tuesday, July 29, after a fire broke out at a Cooma property in Hawkins St. The fire engulfed a shed on one property before jumping a fence and burning through a neighbours shed.
The owner of the second shed managed to contain the fire before it reached his home, with officers racing to the scene to extinguish the fires in both sheds.
It is believed the fire started after ash was dumped adjacent to a shed and fence sparked up in the strong winds.
Captain Reeks has called on residents to take a common sense approach when disposing of ash.
"People need to realise the ash is still hot even when the fire is out," Captain Reeks said.
"A safe area is needed for ash when it's time to dispose of it. Dampening it down is important, it should go into a metal container."
Fire and Rescue crews have experienced a busy winter season, with Captain Reeks saying many of the fires could be prevented if people were to adhere to safe and simple practices.
"We've seen the results when people leave ash near a fence, the wind can pick up and this can result in serious damage."
The Cooma brigade joined Rural Fire Service units early Tuesday morning where they were confronted with a house fire at Shannons Flat.
Upon their arrival the house was gutted by fire. At this stage the cause of the Shannons Flat fire is still being investigated.