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Electrical fault sparks Keilor Downs fire

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12 Feb 2015
A family of five has been relocated after a fire in their Keilor Downs home overnight.

Firefighters were called to the Heysham Place home just after 8pm.

A smoke alarm operating alerted neighbours to a fire in the adjoining unit, (the middle of three units). They rang 000 and within five minutes MFB firefighters were on scene.

Smoke and flame was issuing from the two-storey brick unit when firefighters first arrived. A search was conducted to confirm that no-one was inside. The fire took 25 minutes to bring under control.

Commander David Woods has praised the efforts of the firefighters in ensuring the spread of fire was minimised.

The fire was contained to the lounge room on the lower level, however the smoke damage throughout has made the home uninhabitable.

The family of five has sought alternative accommodation.

The cause of the fire has been deemed of an electrical nature.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 8

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 30

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