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Garage and cubby houses destroyed in Epping blaze

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14 Feb 2017
MFB and CFA firefighters have worked together to battle a series of fires in Epping.

MFB and CFA crews were called to a garage fire in Cooper St Epping just before 3:30pm.

The blaze started in the garage before spreading to an adjoining house and a shed in the backyard.  The fire was so intense that sheds and a cubbyhouse on at least two other properties also caught alight.

The fire generated a large amount of smoke and a Community Advice message was issued to alert those in the vicinity to the low-lying smoke and to stay clear of the area if possible. 

Quick work by firefighters managed to contain the fire in the single-storey house to the rear section and part of the roof.  Almost three quarters of the dwelling escaped major damage. The brick garage and contents, unfortunately, could not be saved. 

The fire took just under an hour to bring under control.  Additional precautions including decontamination procedures were undertaken due to the presence of asbestos in the building materials.

The damage bill has been estimated at $150,000 and the cause has yet to be determined.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  6
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  2 (BA support and Rehab)

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 33

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