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Two teenagers taken to hospital after house fire north of Brisbane

Two teenagers have been taken to hospital after escaping from a house fire in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane. Emergency crews rushed to the Woody Point property just before 1pm after flames broke out inside the home. Firefighters say working smoke alarms alerted two 19-year-olds to the fire. “Fortunately the smoke alarms alerted the residents and…

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Building owners busted for illegal and unsafe budget accommodation

The owners of an illegal and unsafe budget accommodation building in Caboolture have been hit with more than $56,000 in fines following a successful prosecution by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). Hahn Thi Quach and Tuan Anh Le pleaded guilty in the Caboolture Magistrates Court today to 29 building fire safety offences, including failure…

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UAE: Dozen wounded in Sharjah residential tower fire

At least 12 people were wounded after a fire broke out in a residential tower in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday night, the UAE’s Interior Ministry has said. Firefighters brought the fire under control in the 48-storey Abbco Tower in Sharjah’s Al Nahda area on Tuesday night, Sharjah’s government media office said. Syrian…

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A fire has destroyed a home overnight

More than 25 firefighters fought to control a blaze which destroyed a home at Darlington early on Sunday morning. Incident controller and Westmere group officer Tim Blomeley said he was called to the fire at a home on the Darlington-Carranballac Road just before 6am. “The cause of the fire is unknown,” he said. “Everything is…

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Opal Tower bills now exceed $37m

The fallout from cracks in Sydney’s Opal Tower has now reached $37 million, with the builder stumping up almost $4m for the developer. Bills caused by cracking in Sydney’s Opal Tower now exceed $37 million after a court settled a battle between the complex’s developer and builder. Builder Icon Co has agreed to pay a…

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Building safety reforms must create a strong independent regulator

Since terrifying cracks in masonry forced the evacuation of the Opal Tower apartment block in Homebush it has been clear that something must be done to raise the quality of buildings in NSW. Yet 13 months later not much has changed. The NSW government released a draft bill in November with measures to rebuild consumer…

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Qld bushfires: 60 fires still burn but rain on the horizon

SOUTHEAST Queensland has been shrouded in smoke yet again as fires continue to rage in NSW. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the smoke was largely coming from the fires south of the border. It said if the smoke was affecting you, close windows and doors and stay inside. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Alexander Maschrowski…

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The eco-friendly home that scored Australia’s highest bushfire rating

Australia’s first passive house built to the highest bushfire rating has been unveiled in the midst of an early start to the bushfire season, as experts gather to advise residents on fire safety. When Joe and Merylese Mercieca began building solar passive homes 15 years ago, architects, suppliers, and contractors told them it would not…

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Homicide detectives at scene of fatal house fire in Melbourne’s east

One person is dead and an elderly man is being questioned by police after a house fire in Melbourne’s east on Wednesday morning. More than 20 firefighters, plus aerial support, responded to reports of a fire and a man on the roof of the Wantirna property about 8am. A body was found in the house.…

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QLD Rentals In Dire Need Of Fire Alarm Upgrades

More than 450,000 rental properties in Queensland are affected by new smoke alarm laws, which could see landlords paying up to $2000 for new smoke alarms – or risk being unable to tenant their dwellings. Every rental property in Queensland must meet the new smoke alarm rules by 31st December 2021; to meet this deadline,…

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