Stratford Press - 2021-07-21


Shed destroyed in Stratford fire


Alyssa Smith

His motorcycles are gone, as is his daughter’s scooter, but it could have been a lot worse, says a Stratford man who watched his shed burn down last Thursday. Robert Growden says he was making a coffee about 11pm when he heard cries for help. “I thought they were coming from the television, but when I opened the door I saw my shed on fire. My mate was near it and was calling for help, thankfully he isn’t injured. By the time I got out there, the shed was gone.” A Fire and Emergency spokesperson says three fire trucks arrived at 11.05pm. The spokesperson says an investigator found the fire started because a heater was too close to combustibles. “This is a reminder to make sure heaters are kept at least a metre away from flammable items.” Robert is impressed with the response from the emergency services. “They were on the scene quick smart and had it all under control.” The shed has been completely destroyed, as well as the items inside. “I’m a collector, I had a lot of things in that shed including tools, motorcycles, and my daughter Skylar’s scooter.” Skylar, 8, says she woke to a loud bang. “It was very loud. My dad’s and my scooters are gone. I’m just happy we’re all okay.” Robert is pleased no one was injured in the fire.


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