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Suspicious fire destroys Reservoir unit

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28 May 2014
Two homes have been damaged after a suspicious fire in Reservoir overnight.

Fire crews were called to the Howe Court home just after 9pm.  The fire burnt out a single-storey brick unit and caused extensive smoke damage to a neighbouring property.

The female resident of the neighbouring smoke damaged unit was reportedly unwell and was checked over by Ambulance paramedics though it was not clear to firefighters whether she had suffered smoke inhalation or had some other ailment.

The male resident of the burnt-out unit was not at home as he had been taken to hospital earlier in the day for treatment.  

The fire appears to have started in the front section of the unit before spreading to all rooms and into the roof. 

Despite a quick arrival time and bringing the fire under control in just 15 minutes, there was little that firefighters could do to save the unit and efforts were concentrated on preventing the blaze from spreading to involve other units nearby. 

The cause has been listed as suspicious and the repair bill estimated at between $80,000 and $100,000.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 20

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