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Crews contain blaze involving multiple garages in Thomastown

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23 Sep 2018
Firefighters have quickly contained a blaze which involved garages and sheds across multiple properties on Hazel Avenue in Thomastown this afternoon.

Initial MFB crews arrived on scene in just five minutes following multiple calls to Triple Zero (000) just after 12:30pm.

Approximately 20 firefighters worked hard to fight the blaze and brought it under control just 10 minutes after the initial crews arrived on scene.

Thankfully all occupants managed to evacuate and no one was injured during the incident.

The fire is believed to have been started by an unattended pizza oven which was being operated close to combustibles.

It quickly spread to three garages and sheds at neighbouring properties before firefighters arrived to put it out.

At the peak of the blaze there were five MFB appliances and crews were assisted by CFA firefighters.   

 

Tips for safe use of BBQs and open flames:

  • Only use your BBQ outdoors and maintain a distance of one metre from fences, sheds and walls.
  • Ensure hose is in good working order, connections are tight and not leaking.
  • Check gas bottle test date is current.
  • Always supervise children around the BBQ and never leave cooking unattended.
  • The use of open flames should always be supervised.
  • Always extinguish cigarettes, candles, incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep curtains and other combustibles away from open flames at all times.

For tips on things to do around the home to prevent a fire, download the Home Fire Safety Booklet, visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community  

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