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Crews make quick work of Laverton house fire

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03 Jun 2018
Approximately 26 MFB firefighters were called to Laverton last night after a father returned home to find his house on fire shortly after 11pm.

The man woke his sleeping family and evacuated them all to safety.

Crews arrived on scene in six minutes to find the roof space of the single story home on Wackett Street was fully alight.  

An internal attack of the blaze by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus ensured the fire was declared under control by 11:15pm, just six minutes after initial MFB crews arrived.

Ambulance Victoria Paramedics checked each member of the family for possible smoke inhalation. Thankfully, all six people were cleared and were able to seek alternative accommodation for the evening.

Fire duties have continued overnight as MFB firefighters have remained on scene to extinguish hot spots and ensure the blaze does not reignite.

Firefighters on scene hold concerns for the structural integrity of the 10 x 15m building, and Council Building Surveyors have been notified to attend.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit is on scene this morning to inspect the cause of the fire, believed to be a faulty flue installation.

The cool weather has now kicked in, and it is important that flues and chimneys are regularly cleaned and maintained.

 Tips for staying fire safe at home this winter:

 

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.
  • Know your fire escape plan and practice it regularly.
  • Never leave cooking unattended and keep your cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.
  • Keep drying clothes and other items at least one metre away from all heaters.
  •  Ensure all electrical appliances including heaters are kept in good working order and replace if damaged.
  • Extinguish cigarettes, candles, incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Make sure your fireplace has a fireguard to prevent sparks and embers from entering the living area, and regularly clean and maintain the flue and chimney.

 

For more home fire safety tips, see MFB’s Home Fire Safety Booklet

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