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Family lucky to escape injured after Preston blaze

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03 Aug 2014
A family of six were fortunate to escape a house fire in Preston.

Fire crews were called to the Bell Street home at 6.21am on Sunday.

The adult male discovered the fire and safely got everyone out of the house.  Three children had been sleeping in the room where the fire started.

The first firefighters arrived to find the house to be well alight and the fire had spread into the roof.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus took approximately half an hour to bring the fire under control.  The damage to the house is severe and estimated to exceed $200,000. 

MFB Fire Investigators have discovered the cause of the fire was an overloaded powercord and double adapter, which was being used to power a television, DVD player and a heater.

There were no working smoke alarms in the premises.


ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
22

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