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Family of four forced to seek alternate accommodation after house fire in Maidstone

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21 Apr 2015
A poorly constructed fireplace is to blame for a fire that severely damaged a Maidstone home this morning.

Fire crews were called to the Fisher Street home about 10am.

The two-storey brick house has sustained significant fire damage (approximately $300,000), and a family of four have had to seek alternative accommodation.

Flames were issuing through the roof when first MFB firefighters arrived on scene.

Breathing apparatus was used by firefighters as they searched the premises to confirm that no-one was inside. No injuries occurred.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control, however MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the day to continue to extinguish and perform fire duties. The property also sustained smoke and water damage throughout.

The local Building Surveyor is attending to check the structural integrity of the building.

MFB specialist Fire Investigators have attended the scene and determined the cause to be a fireplace and flue constructed too close to building timbers.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 7

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 25

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