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A lucky escape for residents without working smoke alarms

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04 Apr 2012
Sleeping residents are lucky to have survived a blaze overnight after they were woken up by a neighbour who spotted smoke and flames.

The lack of smoke alarms meant the occupants of a house and attached bungalow in Dawson street Tullamarine were completely unaware that their properties were on fire until alerted by a neighbour banging on their doors and windows.

The fire started in a car parked under an adjoining carport shortly before 2am.  The occupants of both dwellings continued to sleep as flames from the blazing car set the buildings alight.  Thanks to the alert neighbour, they were all able to escape without injury.

Fire crews brought the blaze under control in just 20 minutes but not before both the house and bungalow had suffered extensive damage.  The repair bill, including the burnt-out car, has been estimated at more than $150,000.

The fire has been deemed suspicious by MFB investigators and will be investigated by Victoria Police.

A total of 21 firefighters, including four pumpers, one rescue unit, one aerial unit and BA support attended the scene.

 

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