Firefighters were out driving when they spotted a home on fire at Curl Curl.

Just after 10.00am this morning (Wednesday, 10 July), a fire truck from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Manly Station was driving along Carrington Parade, Freshwater, with they saw a column of smoke rising from a distance near the beachfront at Curl Curl (image below).

As they proceeded to investigate, a Triple Zero (000) call was made, reporting that a fire had broken out in a solar inverter on the side of a house at Carrington Parade, Curl Curl.

Firefighters save Curl Curl home

Having already spotted the smoke plume from a short distance away, firefighters from Manly Station arrived at the home within a minute of the Triple Zero (000) call being made. They were joined soon after by a crew from FRNSW Dee Why Station and officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus ran out the hose line attached to the Manly Station fire truck and immediately attacked the fire, which had taken hold in the inverter.

Firefighters save Curl Curl home

The quick response allowed firefighters to bring the fire under control within five minutes, and have it fully extinguished just before 10.30am.

FRNSW Manly Station Officer Peta Miller said the ability to be on scene so quickly had definitely stopped the fire from spreading into the house, saving the home.

Senior Firefighter Steve Chiddy

As firefighters from Manly and Dee Why Stations checked to ensure no fire spread had occurred into the structure and minimise water damage to the home, it was revealed to be the final day on the job for one of the Northern Beaches most experienced firefighters.

Senior Firefighter Steve Chiddy (image above) from Dee Why Station said that saving a home from burning down was a fitting way to spend his last shift as a firefighter after four decades of service.

Coffee with a Firefighter at Pittwater Place Shopping Centre

At exactly the same time, at the other end of the peninsula, firefighters from FRNSW Mona Vale Station were performing a different kind of community service. They held a community information and coffee session hosted by Pittwater Place Shopping Centre at Park Street, Mona Vale, to give advice on fire safety (image above).

FRNSW Mona Vale Station Officer Garren Moran (image above, right) said today’s house fire at Carrington Parade, Curl Curl, reinforced the need for everyone to check they have working smoke alarms.

“It’s important people check not just the battery, but that their smoke alarm is not too old. The new models of smoke alarms are good for ten years. We gave out a few smoke alarms this morning and spoke with people who had questions about fire safety in their home,” said SO Moran.

For further information about home fire safety, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW website.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Fire and Rescue NSW, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre

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