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House fire in Oakleigh.

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30 Jul 2012
Fire extensively damaged the single-storey brick residence in Oakleigh on Sunday morning.

The blaze in Albert Avenue was reported shortly before 6am with the first of several MFB crews arriving at the scene less than 5 minutes later.  Within this short period of time, the fire had spread through the roof and was threatening nearby properties. 

Despite encountering several difficulties including the presence of asbestos in the building materials, firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control in 25 minutes. 

Fears were held for the female sole occupant of the house whose whereabouts were initially unknown but the precarious state of the roof and walls prevented an early thorough search of the premises. 

She later arrived home after spending the night looking after her ailing mother only to find she had lost all of her possessions.  She was not insured and, as if to add further insult to this unfortunate story, today is her birthday.

The combined damage bill for both house and contents is estimated at $500,000 and the cause has yet to be determined.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Albert Avenue, Oakleigh.
Date: July 29, 2012 
Time: 05:54 hours   
Call Number:  8622

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 7
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 2
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 40

Officer in charge: Commander Ron Darby

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

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