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Smoke alarms alert occupant seconds before fire takes hold.

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07 Jun 2012
Smoke alarms have again proven their life-saving worth when one of these inexpensive devices activated and alerted a Kew resident to a fire in his bedroom.

The man, aged in his 30’s, had only seconds to get out of his room before it was engulfed in flame. 

The fire destroyed the bedroom located in an upstairs extension at the rear of his weatherboard dwelling.  Several other rooms in the house were also damaged by heat and smoke. 

The blaze took MFB crews half an hour to bring under control with firefighting efforts being hampered by narrow streets hindering vehicle access. 

A specialist fire investigator will be attending during daylight hours to help determine the cause of the fire.  The damage bill has been estimated at $100,000.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Raven Street, Kew.
Date: June 6, 2012 
Time: 23:59 hours     
Call Number: 2390

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 3
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support: 1

Number of firefighters: 18

Officer in charge: Commander Rob Dean

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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