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Daughter saves family as smoke fills Mentone house

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04 Jan 2013
A Mentone family got an early wake up call this morning when their house filled with smoke.

Just before 1.30am, the daughter woke to see smoke coming from the ducting and quickly woke up her family and they all evacuated.  Shortly after, the working smoke alarms activated and the family phoned 000.

On scene within minutes, MFB firefighters found the two storey weatherboard home, with an iron clad roof, involved in fire.   The fire was deep seated through the roof space and quickly spreading. Commander Baker has said that an aggressive and efficient attack on the fire by MFB firefighters stopped further spread through the house.

Fire damage has been caused to the roof space and part of the rear portion of the house with the remainder partly damaged by water and smoke.

The family self-evacuated from the Como Parade home safely but will have to relocate.

MFB Fire Investigators will be attending in the morning to confirm the cause of the fire, which at this time appears to have started in the evaporative cooling system.

Eight appliances attended the blaze, including seven from MFB and one from CFA, with 25 firefighters in total.

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