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Overloaded powerboard to blame for Essendon blaze

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23 Mar 2017
An overloaded powerboard has been blamed for sparking a house fire in Essendon this morning.

MFB crews responded to a fire in a single-storey weatherboard house on Leila Street at 9am.

They immediately made an aggressive internal attack and were able to contain the blaze to the lounge and hallway with other areas of the dwelling sustaining only heat, smoke and water damage.

Firefighters also hosed down an adjoining property to protect it from flames and radiant heat.

Two separate searches were conducted to try to confirm if any persons were inside as the whereabouts of the occupants was not immediately known. They were eventually accounted for and were not present at the time of the fire. 

The repair bill has been estimated at up to $180,000

Fire Investigators have determined the cause of the fire in Essendon was an overloaded power board. 

Power boards should only be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and never be overloaded or piggybacked. Power boards and cords should be checked regularly for damage. Do not use if faulty.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES

Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 20

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