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Family flee fire at St Kilda home

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19 Jul 2010
A family that arrived in Australia only a few days ago has had to flee their rented accommodation when a fire they lit in the fireplace got out of control.

One of the children, aged in her early 20’s, said they had used what they thought was lighter fluid to help get the fire going but then noticed the couch behind them was on fire. Flames soon engulfed the lounge-room before spreading to other rooms and the roof. Though the family managed to escape safely, almost all their possessions were lost in the blaze which virtually destroyed the small single-storey brick veneer dwelling.

Firefighters took just 20 minutes to contain the fire but remained at the scene for more than three hours to ensure all traces of the fire were extinguished and to assist with the clean-up.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES:
PUMPERS: 4
RESCUE UNITS: 1
AERIAL UNITS: 2
OTHER UNITS: 1 (Breathing Apparatus support)

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: 24
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Lou Mele
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Trevor Woodward

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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