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Fireys rescue pet rabbit from Sydenham house fire

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04 Jan 2013
Fire crews saved a pet rabbit when fire ripped through a house in Sydenham last week.

MFB firefighters arrived on scene about 6:30pm on Friday January 4 to find flames shooting through the roof of a single storey, brick veneer home.

Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters entered the premises to search for any occupants.  No persons were home but they did remove a pet rabbit.

Firefighters worked under extreme conditions to extinguish the large fire.  Much of the roof has collapsed and the remainder of the house has been severely damaged by heat, smoke and water.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control but firefighters will be continuing to extinguish and maintain fire duties throughout the night.

Firefighters provided the pet rabbit with oxygen therapy as it was distressed and suffering smoke inhalation.  He responded well and placed into good care.

MFB specialist Fire Investigators will be attending in the morning to determine the cause of the fire, which at this time appears to be of an electrical nature.

Nine appliances, including one from CFA, attended the fire, with approximately 25 firefighters on scene.

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