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Cat missing after Wheelers Hill house fire

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15 Sep 2015
Residents at a Wheelers Hill home have evacuated after a smoke alarm alerted them to a fire this afternoon.

Firefighters attended the Harlaw Court home about 1pm.

The residents evacuated after being alerted by a working smoke alarm and notified their neighbour.

A 000 call was received from the neighbour for a house fire. MFB crews arrived and upgraded the call for more resources to fight the fire.  Firefighters donned breathing apparatus before entering the house and extinguishing the fire.

The fire was contained to a rear bedroom of the house. Both residents evacuated safely but are concerned for one of their cats who is still missing.

Damage is estimated to be approximately $100,000.

The fire was declared under control after 25 minutes.

At this stage the cause is unknown.

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

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 18

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