Ballarat breakfast report: February 18


It's not all blazing fires and life or death car crash rescues for our firefighters, with our Ballarat City night shift called in to help save a two-year-old in a sticky situation.

A toddler had got her head stuck in between the stair railings and was unable to get back out in Crompton Street, Soldiers Hill last night.

After some delicate maneuvering, she was eventually freed, with firefighters able to bend the railing just enough to free her, without causing any damage.

The stairs however, were even said to have the proper secure safety gates installed at the top and bottom.

In an absolutely hectic night for firefighters, they were also called to a kitchen fire on Main Road, Mt Clear, where an elderly woman had suffered burns to her arm.

Firefighters say she was cooking when a pot of fat caught fire about 6.40pm, with the injury caused when she tried to move it.

Then at 8.40pm, crews contained a small fire that had broken out at the former Yuille Primary School site in Gillies Street North.


The man who allegedly led police on a chase through Wendouree before crashing into an innocent vehicle on Sunday night was slapped with a string of charges yesterday.

The 39-year-old Sebastopol man will appear in the Ballarat Magistrates Court today, charged with multiple offences, including reckless conduct endangering life and negligently causing serious injury.

He has been remanded in police custody overnight and will today appear in court.

In terms of any incidents from over night, police reported a rather quiet night. 


A chilly night in Ballarat, in which the temperature plummeted into single figures.

However it won't be cold for long, with a very comfortable top of 27 degrees forecast.

In what will be a mostly sunny day, a cool change is expected to hit Ballarat this evening, bringing with it a string of chilly days and patches of rain.

There is an 80 per cent chance of rain today, according to Weatherzone, but no more than five millimetres is expected to fall.

People should pack their umbrellas tomorrow however, with up to 10 millimetres predicted.


SES crews were called out to assist the two-year-old who was stuck in the stairs, but were not required on the scene.

SES duty officer Tony Grimm said with the pleasant weather due to come to an end after today, people needed to take every precaution to ensure they remained safe and out of trouble.


All trains in Victoria are running on time this morning, according to the V/Line website.



Federation University Australia's new Science and Engineering Building will officially be opened today by Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Education.

Ballarat breakfast report.

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