Neighbour's phone call may have saved Encounter Bay house from fire

Metropolitan Fire Service and SAPOL attends the scene of a hosue fire on Islander Drive, Encounter Bay. Photo: Dani Brown.
Metropolitan Fire Service and SAPOL attends the scene of a hosue fire on Islander Drive, Encounter Bay. Photo: Dani Brown.

UPDATE: Monday, July 10, 6pm

Investigators have found the cause of today’s house fire at Encounter Bay to be a failure in an electric blanket, an MFS spokeswoman said.

She said damage was estimated to be $60,000.

“MFS crews contained fire damage to the bedroom itself, however there is smoke damage to the second,” she said.

“The MFS recommends electric blankets are not left on when no one is home and that homes are fitted with interconnected, hardwired, photoelectric smoke alarms that are less than 10 years old.”

STORY: Monday, July 10, 1pm

ENCOUNTER BAY – A proactive neighbour’s phone call may have saved an Encounter Bay house from being further damaged by fire.

At about 12.15pm on Monday, July 10, the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) was called to the Islander Drive house.

MFS spokeswoman Nicole Ely said eight firefighters and two appliances found the fire in a second floor bedroom. 

“The fire has extensively damaged a bedroom on the second floor of the home, but MFS firefighters have contained the fire to the second floor, thanks to an early Triple Zero (000) call notification from a neighbour,” she said.

She said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to fight the fire.

“MFS firefighters also protected homes on either side from the blaze. MFS and SAPOL fire cause investigators will travel from Adelaide to investigate the fire’s cause, which is believed to be accidental at this stage,” she said.

“The proactive decision by a neighbour to call Triple Zero will likely reduce the potential damage and extent of the fire.”

More information on the damage and cause will be provided when available.