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Five cats killed in West Melbourne blaze

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04 Oct 2016
One cat appears to have survived a house fire in West Melbourne this morning.

Firefighters responded to a house fire in King Street West Melbourne just before noon.

The top floor of the two storey premises was well alight upon arrival with crews experiencing difficulty gaining entry due to a large quantity of bric-a-brac inside.

Concern was raised by neighbours for the female occupant and two searches were conducted to locate her.  Fortunately, it appears she was not at home at the time of the fire. 

Fire crews located six cats in the house but sadly five had already succumbed to the smoke.  The sixth was successfully resuscitated and was being cared for at the scene by firefighters until proper care could be found.

The fire took 20 minutes to bring under control and a further 20 minutes to fully extinguish.  The cause has not yet been determined. 

The damage bill has been estimated at $100,000.

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

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 20

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