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Overloaded power board sparks house fire in Clarinda

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25 May 2015
Six people safely evacuated after a house fire in Clarina over the weekend.

Crews were called to the Merrigum Court home just after 4am on Saturday 23 May.

On arrival the brigade found the single storey, brick veneer house substantially involved in fire.

Quick action by the firefighters, with an aggressive internal attack on the fire, limited the damage to the front section of the house.

Fire investigators determined the cause of the blaze was an overloaded powerboard, powering an oil heater, which sparked and lit the mattress where a woman was sleeping ablaze.

The woman who was sleeping in the room where the fire started was treated for smoke inhalation.

Working smoke alarms alerted the family (two elderly parents, their two adult children and a niece and nephew) to the fire and they were able evacuate safely.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Aerial: 1
Rescue: 1
Others: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 22

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