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Cigarette butt fire spreads to two Greensborough units

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22 Jan 2019
A cigarette butt is believed have ignited a blaze which took hold of two separate units in the same block in Greensborough overnight.

Firefighters were called to Patterson Crescent just before 1:30am to find flames had taken hold of the balconies on the second floor of the four unit apartment complex.

Wearing breathing apparatus crews entered the units to ensure no one was inside.

Crews attacked the fire and swiftly brought it under control just 17 minutes after they arrived at the property.

Thankfully the residents evacuated and there are no reports of injury, however emergency accommodation had to be arranged for all residents in the four unit block.

At the peak of the blaze there were five MFB and two CFA crews working together at the scene.  

This fire is the second serious fire which is believed to have been caused by a cigarette butt this month, and comes just weeks after MFB urged smokers to properly extinguish and dispose of their cigarette butts.

Victorians can follow these simple steps to ensure the safety of their family and to protect their property from damage:

  • Always fully extinguish cigarettes before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Fully extinguish cigarettes in heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them tipping over.
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives. Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order by testing them monthly.
  • All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.
  • MFB recommends 10 year, tamper proof, photoelectric smoke alarms.

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