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Incense sparks Caulfield blaze

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03 Dec 2016
Smoking incense dropped into a bin has sparked a garage fire in Caulfield overnight. The occupants of a house in Cranham Street raised the alarm and crews were deployed to the scene about 3.20am.

When firefighters arrived, they heard explosions coming from inside the garage and noticed the door had melted.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus braved the flames to attack the fire from inside and managed to get it under control within 17 minutes.
Following an investigation, it was determined the cause of the blaze was sticks of burning incense which had been discarded in a bin.
 Although firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to the house, the property was smoke damaged during the incident.
MFB is urging the community to avoid the common pitfalls that can lead to fires.
Each year more people die and are injured in house fires than in bushfires. In 2015 there were 1,565 preventable house fires in Melbourne.
Here are some tips for the safe use of open flames:
• The use of open flames should always be supervised.
• Always extinguish cigarettes, candles, incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to sleep.
• Keep curtains and other combustibles away from open flames at all times.
• Ensure children and animals are a safe distance from candles, incense and oil burners.
• Only use candles, incense and oil burners on stable non-combustible surfaces.
• Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.

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