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Crews battle fire at Yarraville house as Melbournians endure heat wave

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04 Jan 2013
A two-story weatherboard house in Yarraville has been damaged by fire.

Fire crews were called to the Roberts Street house fire about 9:15am this morning.

The fire was contained to a section of the roof space on the lower level plus a section of the roof area on the upper level of the premises.  There has only been minor fire damage to a small portion of the contents of the house.  A portion of the remainder of the premises has been damaged by heat, smoke and water.

Working smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire and they self-evacuated uninjured from the burning building.

Crews had the fire under control in 18 minutes. There were six appliances on scene, with approximately 18 firefighters.

An early estimate of damage has been made at $150,000. The MFB Fire Investigation Unit will attend to establish a cause.

Working smoke alarms save lives.

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