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Oil burner wreaks havoc in Sunshine West

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25 May 2017
An oil burner left unattended on a kitchen bench has sparked a fire in Sunshine West this afternoon.

A man emptying his bin in Kermeen Street raised the alarm about 12.30pm after hearing his neighbour’s smoke alarm operating loudly.

Closer inspection revealed flames in the kitchen window as the fire started to take hold.

The Good Samaritan sprung into action and tackled the fire with a garden hose while firefighters were en route.

Crews arrived quickly and forced entry to the smoke logged house where they found a small fire still burning in the kitchen.

It was determined that the fire was sparked by an oil burner which caught onto the kitchen curtains while the occupant ran a short errand away from home.

Attending firefighters praised the quick actions of the neighbour who raised the alarm, allowing crews to arrive quickly.

MFB is urging the community to never leave candles, oil burners or other open flames unattended for any length of time.

 

Candle safety tips:

 

- Ensure candles, incense and oil burners are kept away from flammable items

- Only use them on non-combustible surfaces

- Always extinguish before leaving home or going to sleep

- Have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home

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