Posts Tagged ‘Palmview’

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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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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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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Dodgy high-rise apartments are making developers rich but owners are forgotten

Leaking, cracking, flammable and creaking: by now, most of us are aware of defects plaguing high-rise residential apartment towers. There is an urgent need to re-build public confidence in a sector which, through poor self-regulation, has churned out more and more homes needing costly repairs. Some are uninhabitable. But we should also be asking about…

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Worker seriously burned in vehicle gas tank fire

In April 2019, a worker was seriously burned while attempting to decommission a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank from a motor vehicle at a workplace. It appears he was removing screws on the LPG tank using a battery-operated screwdriver which created an ignition source and started a fire. Preventing a similar incident Gas systems are…

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The apartment building ‘crisis’ explained

The first warning sounded in this country in 1995, but it took another 22 years for people to heed it. CSIRO testing first showed the dangers of combustible cladding in the year Qantas was privatised and Telecom changed its name to Telstra. Those dangers were dramatically revealed in November 2014 when fire raced up 13…

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