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Candle causes fire in Epping home

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12 Sep 2013
An Epping woman has escaped a house fire thanks to a working smoke alarm.

Crews were called to the Kantiki Drive home just before 2am.

The fire involved a single storey brick veneer house of approximately 17-18 squares.

It originated in the lounge room before spreading into the kitchen area towards the rear of the premises.

Lounge room and kitchen areas including the contents have been severely damaged by fire while the remainder of the building has been damaged by heat and smoke.

The sole female occupant of the premises was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm and has escaped the fire uninjured.

The blaze was deemed under control in 16 minutes. Breathing apparatus was in operation.

A candle coming into contact with combustibles has been deemed the cause of fire.

Seven MFB appliances and two CFA pumpers attended the incident.

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