Riverside fire sees residents pitch in

A GRASS and scrub fire came close to houses at Riverside this afternoon.

The blaze, reported at 2.16pm, was located off New Ecclestone Road on private land.

At least five firefighting appliances attended and a helicopter flew overhead to monitor the blaze.

Firefighters contained the blaze before 4pm and will continue working at the site to ensure it's safe.

The blaze was very close to the Riverside Retirement Village and concerned residents said they were lucky the fire did not spread to the village.

Some residents used garden hoses to help douse the flames from a car port overlooking the scene.

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