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House fire caused by burning coals from fireplace. No working smoke alarms.

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25 Jun 2012
A man in his 70’s has been transported to hospital with smoke inhalation and burns to his hands following a fire in his home late last night.

Burning coals fell out of the fireplace and set a pile of logs on fire, then quickly caught on to other items in the lounge room. MFB firefighters were on scene within 5 minutes of receiving the fire call and were able to bring the fire under control quickly.  The dwelling was a self contained unit below an unoccupied house.
Extensive fire and smoke damage has occurred to the unit and firefighters have raised concern that NO WORKING SMOKE ALARMS were fitted.

MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to continue to extinguish and carry out fire duties.

This fire serves as a reminder of the heightened fire risks associated with the winter months and the use of open fires.
 
- Always place a fire screen in front of open fires
- Never store firewood too close to an open fire
- Have the flue or chimney serviced to ensure there is no combustible build up
- Ensure WORKING smoke alarms are fitted and be responsible for older members of the community
- Should have is too late


Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Ayr Street, Doncaster
Date: June 23, 2012 
Time: 22:03 hours     
Call Number: 8538

Attending Appliances: 3  
Number of firefighters: 12

Officer in charge: Commander Mark Swiney

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

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