Ballarat breakfast report: January 8

WEATHER

It's time to celebrate (or stop whinging in my case) with the temperature set to soar today to a sweat-inducing 26 degrees. It'll be sunny, with light winds for most of the day. Beautiful.

And you can pack away the electric blanket, the forecast for the next few days is even warmer, just in time for the cycling Road Nationals this weekend. The action starts today, with the time trial out at Burrumbeet. 

POLICE

With the holiday period often a good one for potential thieves, Ballarat police are noticing an increase in residents using technology such as CCTV cameras in their homes as a way of stopping burglars.

Inspector Bruce Thomas said privately installed cameras were useful as they could act as a deterrence, as well as helping identify offenders and providing evidence for future court cases.

FIRE

Ballarat City Fire attended a fire last night at Eureka Linen, which is believed to have started when sparks from machinery came into contact with lint. 

Crews were called to Sutton and Lonsdale Street around 6.30pm, where they found most of the fire was contained when they arrived. 

AMBULANCE

A male in his 50s was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital last night for further observation after trying to put out the fire at Eureka Linen.

Ambulance Victoria said he was short of breath and may have had signs of smoke inhalation, as well as an electric shock.

SES

Nothing to report in our region for SES crews.

V/LINE

No disruptions to services this morning, according to the V/Line website.

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