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Hot towels self-combust sparking fire at Hawthorn massage parlour

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25 May 2016
Hot towels have sparked a blaze at a Hawthorn massage parlour overnight.

Firefighters were called to the Burwood Road store just after midnight.

A passer-by called Triple Zero after they spotted thick smoke issuing from the property.

Firefighters initially had trouble accessing the rear of the two-storey building, which measures 10 by 25 metres.

The building to the east of the fire was evacuated and firefighters conducted a search to confirm there were no occupants in the building at the time of the blaze.

The fire was brought under control in 40 minutes. Police assisted MFB with traffic control and Ambulance Victoria monitored firefighters as they came out of the building and removed their Breathing Apparatus.

MFB’s Fire Investigation Unit today confirmed that hot towels caused the blaze after they were pulled from the dryer and left in a pile, causing them to self-combust.

With winter approaching Melburnians are urged to use dryers with caution and always allow hot items to cool before folding or storing them.

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

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
21

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