Architect calls for bunkers in fire zone homes

Architect calls for bunkers in fire zone homes11 February 2009

published by ABC News

An architect says fire bunkers should be included when rebuilding communities affected by Victoria’s worst bushfires.

Retiring Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon will run a new agency that will help bushfire ravaged communities rebuild.

Professor of Architecture at RMIT Norman Day says a simple and inexpensive concrete bunker in the ground next to or underneath each house would be the best protection from fierce fires.

He says little can be done to give new houses more protection.

“Once you get a fire bomb it really wouldn’t matter, this is more like the Gaza Strip,” he said.

“We’re not just talking about a little bushfire here, these are serious war zone problems and there’s nothing you could build that could possibly survive a fire bomb of the order that’s happened on the weekend.”

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