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Kitchen fire spreads to roof of Sunshine home

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22 Oct 2018
A fire which began in a kitchen and flared up into a kitchen flue has taken hold in the roof space of a home in Sunshine.

Firefighters were called to the house in Mellor Street, Sunshine just before 1pm this afternoon where thankfully the two occupants had safely evacuated.

Crews managed to contain the blaze and bring it under control in just 20 minutes.

Despite the efforts and aggressive firefighting tactics taken, there has been some smoke and water damage to the remainder of the 15m x 10m weatherboard home.

Crews remained on for more than three hours continuing to extinguish hot spots.

Alternative accommodation arrangements have been made for the occupants.

At the peak of the blaze there were seven MFB appliances on scene and more than 25 firefighters. 

Unattended cooking, smoking, poorly maintained appliances or hanging clothes too close to the heater are just some of the common and preventable causes of house fires.

All Victorians should know their fire escape plan and practice it regularly.

There are some very simple ways to help prevent a house fire including having a working smoke alarm. Visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community to find out more.

KITCHEN

Tips for staying fire safe in the kitchen:

  • Always supervise children in the kitchen. Keep them away from the stove top and oven. Keep pot handles turned in.
  • Keep stove top, griller, oven, range hood and cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep combustibles such as tea towels and paper towels away from cooking and heat sources.
  • Ensure kitchen appliances are clean and in good working order.
  • A fire extinguisher and fire blanket should be stored within easy reach but away from the cooking area. Only use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket if you feel able to use the equipment safely
  • Avoid using double adaptors.
  • Use power boards according to manufacturer’s instructions, never overload or piggyback and check regularly for damage.

 

 

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