A fast-acting Protective Service Officer (PSO) saved property and potentially lives after responding to a fire while on her way home from work yesterday morning.
It’s understood a fire broke out in a bin outside a North Road, Langwarrin address about 2am.
The fire quickly spread to a residential fence and was rapidly growing in size when off-duty PSO Christine Burns drove past and witnessed the blaze.
PSO Burns quickly responded and woke the occupants of two nearby houses before evacuating them from the properties.
She then organised for a nearby vehicle to be moved and utilised a garden hose to control the fire before firefighters arrived.
Luckily, no one was injured during the incident and the houses remained unscathed.
Transit Safety Division Sergeant Alan Kilby commended the brave efforts of PSO Burns.
“It was a quick-thinking and selfless response that very well may have saved lives,” Sgt Kilby said.
PSO Burns said she did what anyone would do in those circumstances.
“Having been a CFA volunteer for some time I understood the importance of acting quickly,” PSO Burns said.
“I’m just glad no one was injured, and the damage was kept to a minimum.”