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Small fire in the kitchen at The Canberra Hospital

ACT Fire & Rescue has praised the actions of staff following a small fire this morning at The Canberra Hospital.

Fire crews were alerted to the incident at 9:31am.

Firefighters arrived to find a deep fryer alight in the main kitchen of the hospital at Garran.

Kitchen staff had covered the appliance with a fire blanket and evacuated the area.

Fire crews are now waiting for the fryer to cool down before they completely extinguish the fire.

“Staff did a great job. They followed their emergency procedure and help prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the kitchen,” ACT Fire & Rescue commander Steve Gibbs said.

“Staff have been allowed back into the kitchen to ensure food service to patients is not interrupted.”

Update – Garage fire in Kaleen

The fire has been put out.

Fire crews were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings.

The garage and contents, which included a motorbike, have been destroyed.

The initial estimated damage bill is $30,000.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental.

Garage fire in Kaleen

Firefighters are working to extinguish a garage alight in Kaleen.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident in Cataract Street just before 1 o’clock.

The colourbond double garage is well alight but detached from the house at the property.

There are three fire trucks and a commander on scene.

Update three – ACT assisting NSW at fire southeast of Queanbeyan

The ACT is providing a fourth taskforce for the day to the Carwoola fire tonight to support the NSW Rural Fire Service.

This deployment will work on the fireground overnight and will be made up of six ACT Rural Fire Service units and a commander.

The three ACT taskforce groups sent to the incident this morning have all returned home.

The ACT State Emergency Service also continues to provide support officers to the Queanbeyan Fire Control Centre and a light tower at the ESA helibase at Hume.