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Lucky escape as smoke alarm alerts neighbours to house fire

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03 Apr 2014
A man had a lucky escape from fire in his bedroom yesterday.

Fire crews were called to the Ballarat Road home in Ardeer about 3.15pm.

The lone occupant was sleeping when his bedding came into contact with an electric oil heater.

The man attempted to extinguish the fire but it soon took hold and he was then forced to self-evacuate.

Working smoke alarms alerted neighbours.

MFB firefighters were soon on scene and able to contain the fire to the front bedroom of the single storey brick home.

The remainder of the house was affected by heat, water and smoke.

Whilst the fire was under control in 15 minutes, MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the afternoon to continue to extinguish and ventilate the home.

As the evenings are becoming cooler this fire serves as a reminder to take care when using portable heaters, ensuring that they are turned off before going to bed or leaving the house.

Keep all combustibles, like bedding, a safe distance from any heaters or open fires.

Only working smoke alarms save lives.

ATTENDING  APPLIANCES: 7

No. of FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 25 

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