Closer station means less damage in Ripley fire
A RIPLEY resident was thankful the fire station was now closer to home after a blaze in her house was quickly extinguished.
Much has been said about the fire station in the CBD being closed and replaced by stations at Ripley and Brassall, but Debbie O'Sullivan has no doubt it was a good idea.
Mrs O'Sullivan came home from work and stood outside her home on Clarke St about 2.30pm yesterday while fire crews dealt with the fire inside.
"Luckily they're closer now - it would have been worse if they were still at Ipswich," she said.
"Thank God Robyn next door saw it. It could have been worse.
"I'm just glad no-one was home and my daughter wasn't inside asleep. I was at work and so was my husband and daughter."
When she spoke to The QT, Mrs O'Sullivan hadn't been told where the fire started.
"I'm not sure. It might have been the stove," she said.
Ripley station officer Nathan Chadwick said the fire wasn't serious, but quick work meant it didn't get a chance to take off.
"First crews on scene were able to gain entry through the back of the house. The fire was in the kitchen area," Mr Chadwick said.
"They were able to knock the fire down very quickly. There wasn't much damage."