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Water bombers extinguish blaze burning near homes in Albany, cause unknown

Kellie Balaam, Sarah Makse & Cameron Newbold Albany Advertiser
Two planes dropped fire retardant on the flames.
Camera IconTwo planes dropped fire retardant on the flames. Credit: Kasey Gratton

Water bombers helped extinguish a blaze that was burning near homes in Albany on Friday afternoon.

About 3pm on Friday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a bushfire advice for residents in parts of Robinson.

About three hours later at 6:20pm, the fire was contained and extinguished.

A DFES spokeswoman said the cause was not suspicious.

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A fire along the train line on Lower Denmark Road.
Camera IconA fire along the train line on Lower Denmark Road. Credit: Laurie Benson

The advice alert issued on Friday warned people in an area bounded by Frederick Street and Harewood Road to the north, Walmsley Road to the east, Lower Denmark Road to the south and George Street to the west.

The fire was moving in a northerly direction towards homes near the rail line alongside Lower Denmark Road.

Two planes dropped fire retardant on the flames.
Camera IconTwo planes dropped fire retardant on the flames. Credit: Kasey Gratton

It started about 2.30pm near the intersection of George Street and Lower Denmark Road in Robinson.

Shortly after the advice alert was issued, a DFES spokesman said nine firefighting vehicles were on the scene with a further seven requested.

By 6.20pm, the fire was contained and under control, with firefighters patrolling the scene and mopping up.

A fire along the train line on Lower Denmark Road.
Camera IconA fire along the train line on Lower Denmark Road. Credit: Laurie Benson

Earlier on that day another fire threatened the Mt Clarence area.

About 10:35am on Friday DFES and police officers attended Munster Road after reports of smoke were seen near Albany Senior High School.

Emergency crews on scene at the Mt Clarence fire.
Camera IconEmergency crews on scene at the Mt Clarence fire. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Albany police officer-in-charge Hugh Letessier said there was a small area of bush burning between two houses.

“DFES extinguished the fire before any damage was done,” he said

Senior Sergeant Letessier said the fire was deemed to be “deliberately lit” but no suspects had been identified.

Albany Detectives are investigating the incident.

Emergency crews on scene at the Mt Clarence fire.
Camera IconEmergency crews on scene at the Mt Clarence fire. Credit: Cameron Newbold

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