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Hoarding fire in Fitzroy difficult to access and contain.

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12 Apr 2012
An early morning blaze proved difficult to contain due to the elderly owner hoarding large quantities of papers, bric-a-brac and rubbish inside her home.

The fire started shortly after 4:30am and when fire crews arrived a few minutes later, flames were already through the roof. 

Houses on either side had to be evacuated as firefighters could not gain any access through the front and were forced to concentrate their efforts at the rear of the property. 

The fire took more than an hour to contain but fire crews managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to adjoining properties.  Damage to the single-storey terraced house is estimated at more than $350,000. 

The cause is thought to be due to an electrical fault.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Queens Parade, North Fitzroy
Date: April 11, 2012 
Time: 04:34 hours     
Call Number: 6124

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 22

Officer in charge: Commander John Jugum

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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