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Kitchen fire spreads to roof space in Glen Waverley

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06 Aug 2018
Approximately 20 firefighters have fought a blaze which took hold in the roof space of a home at Tanner Street in Glen Waverley this evening.

Shortly before 6pm crews were called to a fire which started in the kitchen. The caller originally believed the fire was out but requested MFB to attend to confirm.

When initial appliances arrived on scene in less than four minutes, there was thick smoke coming out of the roof.

The fire had climbed up the kitchen wall and entered the roof space of the home. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus aggressively attacked the fire, which was quickly contained.

Thankfully, the resident evacuated the home safely and was unharmed.

Firefighters remain on scene setting up a rope system so they can ensure there are no additional hot spots in the roof cavity.

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. 

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