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A BALDOCK Road
home was destroyed after
a fire engulfed the house
Country Fire Service
(CFS) crews were called to
the Waikerie home about
4pm when a fire started in
the garage and spread to the
rest of the home.
Mid Murray CFS group
officer Graeme Ward said the
fire, which caused $300,000
damage, was difficult for vol-
unteers to fight because of
the large amount of content
within the house.
“Because of the frame of
the house we couldn’t put
any people inside because it
was too dangerous,” he said.
“There were also a lot of
other hazards inside – jerry
cans, lawn mowers and spray
cans were exploding.
“We also had a limited
water supply and carted our
Mr Ward estimated there
was about $250,000 in struc-
tural damage to the house
with $50,000 worth of prop-
CFS volunteers left the
scene at 10pm.
Four Waikerie and two
Cadell units with 30 volun-
teers responded to the fire.
Mr Ward encouraged
people to keep their homes
clear and safe of any fire
“It is important for people
to keep their homes safe,”
“There was a large
amount of smoke and we had
to use breathing apparatuses.
“We contained the fire
within an hour, but moni-
tored until it was fully extin-
THE Waikerie community has rallied
behind two families who have lost homes
and possessions in major fires along
Baldock Road and McCutcheon Street in
the past two weeks.
Chris, Diane, Ashley and Charlotte Werner
lost everything after a fire ravaged their home.
Friend and neighbour Jacinta Bolt was away
from home when she received a call about a fire
in the street.
“My partner Hayden Gursansky and I are
close with Ashley, the family’s son,” Ms Bolt
told The River News.
“We bought a house three doors up from his
parents and we weren’t home at the time when
their house caught on fire.
“We had people ringing us asking if we were
okay and we had absolutely no idea what was
going on until we got a phone call saying there
was a fire on Baldock Road.”
Ms Bolt said the couple were devastated
their neighbours and close friends lost their
home and wanted to help.
“We have been flooded with very kind dona-
tions and well wishes for the family,” she said.
“We are so lucky to live in a wonderful,
loving and caring community like Waikerie.”
The Werner family received donations of
clothes, furniture and household goods in the
aftermath of the fire.
Ms Bolt and Mr Gursansky thanked the com-
munity, Clarissa Norman and Michelle Kokegei
for helping organise donations and drop off
“On behalf of Chris, Diane, Ashley and
Charlotte Werner we would also like to thank
the Waikerie and Cadell Country Fire Service,
police, family, friends Chris and Laurena
Greiger, Inter-Care and everyone who donated
goods,” Ms Bolt said.
Megan Gleeson and her four children also
lost belongings in a fire at the family’s Mc-
Cutcheon Street home on March 11.
She has set up a website for people to donate
money to replace items destroyed in the fire.
People can visit www.gofundme.com/pju5jo.
A FIRE in a garage of a Baldock Road home caused $300,000 worth of damage.
PHOTOS: Jacinta Bolt
A MCCUTCHEON Street property was also
damaged in a house fire. PHOTO: Kaitlyn Opie
by JAYME KOCH
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