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Camberwell fire sparked by candle

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15 Dec 2017
An unattended candle has been determined as the cause of a fire which ripped through a Camberwell house about 8.15pm last night.

A family of four had a lucky escape after being alerted to the blaze by working smoke alarms.

An 11-year-old boy was nominated for a Triple Zero (000) Hero awards after raising the alarm and calmly helping his family enact their home evacuation plan.

The youngster had participated in MFB’s Fire Education program at school and had remembered what he had learned.

Firefighters spent 40 minutes last night bringing the Green Street blaze under control.

Fire Investigators have now confirmed the fire broke out when a candle came into contact with a tablecloth.

MFB is urging the community to take care when using candles.

Candle Safety Tips:

  • Candles and oil burners should be lit only when they are well away from curtains and open windows
  • All open flames should be extinguished before you leave home or retire for the night
  • Children should never be allowed to have access to matches or lighters
  • Never leave open flames unattended: an adult should be present at all times when a candle or an oil burner is being used
  • Ensure your house has working smoke alarms

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