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Smoke alarms pay off in Collingwood

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02 Oct 2016
An unattended candle is believed to be the cause of a fire which ripped through the bedroom of a Collingwood house this afternoon.

An unattended candle is believed to be the cause of a fire which ripped through the bedroom of a Collingwood house this afternoon.
The blaze began in the front bedroom of the Keele Street home just before 5pm.
A working smoke alarm alerted the three occupants who safely evacuated.
Ambulance Victoria paramedics treated a woman at the scene for possible smoke inhalation.
It took firefighters just over 20 minutes to get the fire under control.
Crews remain on scene to check for hotspots.
One of the residents told firefighters she believed the fire began from a candle left unattended on a desk.
A high fuel load at the home may have been a contributing factor to the incident.

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