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Couch fire caused by unattended heater could have been much worse

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13 May 2015
An unattended heater has caused a couch fire in a Croydon home.

Firefighters were called to the Diane Court home yesterday Tuesday 12 May at 11.44am.

The call was generated from a neighbour who had heard the smoke detector operating and then saw smoke.

Firefighters made forced entry and found a strip heater, that had been left on, had ignited a couch. Quick action from firefighters extinguished the couch moments before it ignited the rest of the room. The occupant was not home.

This is a timely reminder about the importance of a working smoke alarm and to never leave heaters on when you leave the house.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 7

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