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Candle fire causes $150,000 damage in Preston blaze

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24 Oct 2014
An early morning blaze has caused significant damage to two homes in Preston.

Crews were called to a fire on Spring Street, Preston, at 6.15am.

A fire in a dual occupancy residence was confined to the rear section with fire extending into the common roof space over both residencies.

The three occupants of the rear unit evacuated safely along with the single occupant of the front unit. Smoke Alarms were fitted but did not operate as there were no batteries in them.

Damage to property at this stage is estimated to be approximately $150,000.

Two of the occupants from the rear dwelling were treated at the scene by Ambulance Victoria for minor smoke inhalation. One firefighter sustained injuries to a hand caused by falling debris and after treatment by Ambulance crew has been transported to the Austin hospital.

Breathing Apparatus was used by crews due to the presence of asbestos.

The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes.

The cause of the fire was a candle that was left burning and unattended.  Last year MFB and CFA attended 64 house fires caused by candles.

Remember, only working smoke alarms save lives.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
4

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