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Paw-sitive ending as family dog fetches owners and alerts them to fire

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01 Nov 2019
TOP DOG HAS ITS DAY: A family is safe after Boris, their staghound/wolf cross furvently alerted them to a fire which took hold of their home on Garnet Street in Brunswick on Thursday afternoon.

It certainly wasn’t a case of the dog who cried wolf according to MFB firefighters, who were called to the property after Boris got a sniff of smoke coming from the detached laundry area and doggedly alerted his owners.

Initial crews arrived on scene in less than six minutes and were met with the fire threatening homes on both sides.

More than 25 firefighters made quick work to put down hose lines to stop the fire from spreading and limit the damage to surrounding properties.

It took crews less than 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Thankfully the residents and Boris the dog managed to flea the scene safely, and evacuated before MFB firefighters arrived.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the blaze was electrical in nature.

As the weather gets warmer Victorians will often turn their attention to bushfires but Acting Commander Brad Watkins stresses the importance of ensuring homes are fire safe year round.

“Whether you live in an apartment or suburban home it’s essential you take fire seriously as the days gets hotter,” he said.

“Most of the house fires we attend can be prevented but it is up to Victorians to take the proper precautions to keep their loved ones safe.”


Home fire safety tips:


  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.
  • Ensure all electrical appliances including air conditioning units and power boards are kept in good working order and replace if damaged.
  • Know your fire escape plan and practice it regularly.
  • Never leave cooking unattended and keep your cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.
  • Extinguish cigarettes, candles, incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to bed.


For more home fire safety tips, see MFB’s Home Fire Safety Booklet

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