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Pet Staffy saved after blaze in Clayton South

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13 Jul 2018
A pet Staffy has been rescued by MFB firefighters this evening, after a fire engulfed the rear of an adjoining home in Clayton South.

MFB crews were called to Springfield Avenue shortly before 8pm, and arrived in a little over 5 minutes after dispatch to find a blaze which was threatening neighbouring properties.

Thankfully, an elderly woman had self-evacuated and was unharmed. Around the time of the blaze a male occupant returned and raised the alarm, fearing for his pet dog.

Incident Controller, Commander Brett Cowcher praised the skill of the firefighters on scene.

Crews worked seamlessly to attack the blaze from both Springfield Avenue and the busy Centre Road at the rear of the property.

The fire took 26 firefighters almost 20 minutes to bring under control. Crews managed to stop it from spreading to a neighbouring unit, and reduced damage to a rear wall and room.

Crews rescued the staffy from the rear of the garage, and returned the pet, unharmed, into the arms of the much relived owner.

Victoria Police are on scene and have assisted with traffic management, and MFB firefighters will remain at the property overnight.

Investigators from MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation unit determined the blaze was started by a refridgerator. 

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