Ballarat breakfast report: July 9

Can you guess where this photo was taken?

Can you guess where this photo was taken?

WEATHER

A top of eight degrees will grace the city today. A few showers clearing this evening. with a chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening with possible hail.

Winds northerly 25 to 30 km/h tending northwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day.

POLICE

Three police units attended a flat fire just after 1.30am on Wednesday morning.

The incident is being treated as not suspicious as the fire is believed to have started from a back room of the flat by a candle.

Police were involved in traffic management duties. 

A POLICE drug raid has netted almost $2 million in cannabis plants at houses near Daylesford.

Members of the Ballarat Divisional Response Unit seized more than 800 mature cannabis plants from two neighbouring properties in Wheatsheaf, just north of Daylesford on Tuesday morning.

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FIRE

Three fire crews attended a "full blown" flat fire just before 1.30am on Wednesday morning.

Two units from Ballarat and one unit from Ballarat City fought the blaze for 25 minutes at the Humffray Street South two bedroom unit in Mount Pleasant.

A woman was inside the unit when the fire broke out. 

Residents of the surrounding eight units were also evacuated until the fire was deemed safe.

Senior Station Officer Terry Fradd said that almost $200,000 in damage had been done.

"The unit was pretty much destroyed, the fire was going fairly well," he said.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics attended no trauma cases over night.

SES

Despite bracing for a busy night with gale force winds over night, SES attended just six jobs over night for trees falling down on roads.

Mid-west duty officer Kendra Clegg said SES was "pleasantly surprised" with the low number of call outs.

"There were six call outs last night. With the predicted wind speed we were ready for a lot more jobs to come through, but it was a pleasant surprise," she said.

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Wednesday morning services are reportedly running smoothly, with no delays posted on Twitter.

Due to Regional Rail Link works, coaches will replace trains between Melbourne and Ballarat/Wendouree from Saturday 28 June until Tuesday 15 July.

Coaches to Melbourne during morning peak will depart earlier than normal train times.

Trains will continue to operate between Ballarat and Ararat / Maryborough.

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