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Elderly man hospitalised after suspicious blaze

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02 Aug 2014
Police are investigating a suspicious fire which left an elderly man in hospital.

Fire crews were called to the Barkley Street home in Fitzroy North about 2.50pm on Saturday.

On arrival they found the two-storey terrace house well involved in fire.

A man in his nineties suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to hospital by ambulance.  His condition is not believed to be life threatening.

The fire was declared under control at 3.34pm.  Damage to the house is extensive and estimated to be around $200,000.

Precautions were taken for the suspected presence of asbestos.  The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and is under investigation by police.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 5
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
24

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