Ballarat breakfast report: December 9

WEATHER

Even though we are in December there is still no sign of summer in sight. 

Today we can expect cloud cover and patchy rain with a top temperature of 18 degrees.   

You can also expect this kind of weather to stick around for the next couple of days with more light rain predicted. 

Expect some sunshine to come through later in the week with temperatures predicted to be in the low-twenties. 

POLICE

Ballarat Police reported another quiet night last night. 

However, police across the state are warning residents to be vigilant this Christmas with burglaries increasing over the December and January period.

A simple piece of advice is to let your neighbours know if you plan on going away for some of the holiday period. They can collect your mail and put your bins in and out to ensure so the house looks occupied. 

FIRE

Fire Services were called out to a house fire on Vale Street last night just after 7pm. 

Ballarat Fire Brigade senior station officer Terry Fradd said the fire started in the kitchen after the resident left the stove unattended while cooking. 

Luckily the women was pulled from the house by another occupant who also used a fire extinguisher on the blaze before crews arrived to put out the fire.

Mr Fradd said firefighters were forced to administer first aid until ambulances arrived.

Mr Fradd also said  the fire provided for a timely  reminder to be cautious while cooking and to not leave a stove unattended. 

TRAINS 

All Victorian trains, including the Ballarat line,  are running on time today apart from the Gippsland line which is experiencing minor delays.  

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