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Blaze engulfs St Albans home

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16 May 2019
Almost 30 firefighters were called to Butler Street in St Albans after the ceiling of a house caught fire just after 3:30pm.

Initial crews were confronted with thick, black smoke on their arrival, and MFB issued a community advice message for residents in the surrounding streets.

The fire quickly took hold of a single storey weatherboard house and began to threaten homes on either side.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building while it was ablaze to conduct a search for any occupants, after it was reported that two residents evacuated and then re-entered the building.

Thankfully, they found that everyone had evacuated safely.

Crews worked to contain the fire and protect the neighbouring properties. Their efforts ensured the blaze was brought under control just 21 minutes after the first crew arrived on scene.  

The house has sustained substantial damage in the blaze and asbestos safety precautions have been implemented.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the houses either side of the building have been damaged.   

At this stage it’s not yet known what caused the fire to start. MFB’s specialist Fire Investigators will commence an analysis once the scene has been made safe.

At the height of the fire there were six firefighting appliances on scene including an aerial unit, plus three other units in addition to police and paramedics.

Firefighters will remain at the scene for some time until they can be sure the fire is completely extinguished and there are no remaining hot spots.

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