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Fire causes $40,000 damage to Essendon unit

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10 Oct 2014
Firefighters were called to a unit fire in Grice Crescent Essendon at 10.30pm last night after a smoke alarm operated in a neighbour’s flat.

Crews managed to contain the fire to the kitchen but found the blaze difficult to access and extinguish due to the amount of bric-a-brac stored throughout the unit. 

Concerns were raised that the occupant may still be inside and a search was conducted as soon as the fire was brought under control.

Again, the amount of goods piled up inside hampered the firefighter’s efforts.  With the fire almost out, a second search was made of the unit and confirmed that no-one was home. 

All fears regarding the whereabouts of the middle-aged occupant were allayed when he arrived home a short while later. 

Damage to the kitchen was extensive with the remainder of the unit affected by heat and smoke.  The repair bill has been estimated at $40,000. 

There were no smoke alarms fitted to the unit and the cause is still under investigation.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 3
Rescue Units: 1
Other units: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 14

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