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Kealba Insulation fire

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30 Jul 2010
An electrical fire began in a Kealba home when a down light came in contact with incorrectly installed insulation.

Involved a two storey brick house of approximately 35 squares.

The fire was contained mainly to the top floor and roof area at the front of the house. Firefighters have restricted the fire damage to two rooms and a large section of the roof area plus some of the contents on the top floor. Firefighters covered the remaining contents both on the top floor and ground floors to prevent further damage.

Approximate damage: Extensive damage to roof
Cause: Electrical fire in a down light in contact with incorrectly installed insulation.

The fire started above the stairway cutting off any access for Firefighters or escape for the occupants had they been in attendance. The installed smoke alarm near where the fire has originated from had no battery installed in it. Under control in 5 minutes. Breathing apparatus in operation. Fire duty in place.

TIME: 1118 hrs
CALL NO.: 8399
ATTENDING APPLIANCES:
PUMPERS: 4
RESCUE UNITS: 1
OTHER UNITS: Breathing apparatus support
NO. of FIREFIGHTERS: 14
OFFICER-IN-CHARGE: CMDR Ken Brown
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – N.Henderson
For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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