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Candle sets fire to Footscray unit

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01 Aug 2010
A couple, aged in their mid 20’s had a lucky escape when a candle set fire to their unit.

The third storey unit had recently been renovated before the couple moved-in only two days ago. As the power was still to be connected, they decided to use candles for lighting. They were fast asleep when neighbours, who had noticed smoke coming from a window, frantically knocked at their door and woke them.

The couple were completely unaware of the fire as there was no working smoke alarm in their unit.

Within minutes, the unit was fully ablaze and threatening to spread to an adjoining unit. Initially there were fears the young couple had been trapped inside but both managed to escape unharmed. As a precautionary measure, all 12 units in the three storey block were evacuated with approximately 30 persons having to brave the cold conditions until they were allowed to return to their homes just before 2am.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control but fire crews remained at the scene for the remainder of the night to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

TIME: 00:50 hours
CALL No.: 0008

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:
PUMPERS: 4
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 1
OTHER UNITS: 1 (Breathing Apparatus support)

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 20
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Frank Besanko
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Trevor Woodward

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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