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Family escapes bedroom blaze in Mentone

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22 Aug 2018
A family of three managed to safely evacuate their home in David Street Mordialloc thanks to a working smoke alarm.

Two firefighting appliances from Mentone and Highett stations were called to the scene at around midnight, after an abandoned candle is believed to have sparked the fire.

The efforts of firefighters ensured the fire in the bedroom was brought under control in just 11 minutes after the initial crew was dispatched.  

Ambulance Victoria paramedics also attended the scene to treat for minor smoke inhalation.

Unattended cooking, smoking, poorly maintained appliances, and abandonded candles are just some of the common and preventable causes of house fires.

All Victorians should know their fire escape plan and practice it regularly.

There are some very simple ways to help prevent a house fire including having a working smoke alarm. Visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community to find out more.

Home fire safety tips:

  • Only working smoke alarms save lives.
  • Get out, stay out and call 000 (triple zero).
  • Plan and practice your home fire escape plan with your family.

Tips for safe use of open flames:

  • 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.
  • Ensure children and animals are a safe distance from candles, incense and oil burners.
  • Only use candles, incense and oil burners on stable non-combustible surfaces.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Use heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them tipping over and always properly extinguish cigarettes.

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