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Crews control suspicious Cheltenham fire

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04 Mar 2019
It took firefighters less than 25 minutes to get a suspicious fire which tore through an unoccupied house in Cheltenham under control overnight.

Almost 30 firefighters were called to the double storey house on Farm Road shortly before 1am after a Triple Zero (000) caller raised the alarm.  

Initial crews arrived to the incident and found that the whole second storey of the house was fully alight.

With the help of a 15 metre high teleboom appliance, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus for protection against the smoke aggressively attacked the blaze.

The fire was declared under control at 1:11am.

At the height of the incident there were nine appliances on scene, including one aerial teleboom, a rescue appliance, and two Commander units.

After an investigation by MFB firefighters, the incident was deemed as suspicious and handed over to Victoria Police Arson Squad for further analysis.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria supported MFB at the scene.  

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