Right in the middle of a bushfire crisis affecting the region, firefighters were called to a backyard inferno in Tumut on Tuesday morning.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than six hours and nearby residents, up to 300m away, were evacuated at one point around 2.30am.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire which completely destroyed a shed at the rear of a house in Lambie Street.
Tumut Fire and Rescue arrived at about 1.20am on Tuesday to find the shed, which contained a number of rooms, well alight. The Tumut RFS also attended.
When firefighters learned that the shed contained acetylene, they had to retreat 200m.
They ran unmanned hose lines into the fire, and Wagga Wagga Fire and Rescue Hazmat were called in. Tumut and Wagga firefighters, with appropriate protective gear, took a sheet off the back of the shed and entered the remains of it and located the acetylene.
A Fire and Rescue spokesman said the acetylene temperature was taken at 25C, meaning the hoses had done a good job, and the remainder of the work to completely extinguish the fire could continue.
The shed and all its contents were completely destroyed
During the fire, the house next door was singed and a couple of windows were popped, but no other damage was done to neighbouring properties.
The firefighters were on the scene working until 8am.
“Everyone’s tired enough without this,” one attending firefighter said.