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No working smoke alarms in Highett home damaged by blaze

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02 Apr 2016
A timely reminder to ensure your smoke alarms are working.

No working smoke alarms were installed in a fire in Highett home damaged in an early morning blaze.
The occupants were lucky to escape after a fire started in rear of the single storey, brick home Clyde Street at shortly before 9am.
On arrival firefghters found all residents, members of two families, had safely evacuated.  Smoke alarms were installed in the home but were not functioning.
Five trucks and about 20 firefighters attended the incident and had the fire under control in just under half an hour.
The fire was contained to the rear portion of home and is no longer able to be occupied, so the residents have sought alternative accommodation.
Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to ensure there were no hot spots remaining the home.
MFB and CFA are urging all Victorians to change their smoke alarm battery tonight when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving. Only working smoke alarms save lives.

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