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Suspicious house fire in Keilor.

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23 Jul 2012
Fire extensively damaged a single-storey weatherboard house in Keilor over the weekend.

Smoke had been reported as coming from the Riverside Avenue property just after 7am on Saturday. It was well alight only minutes later when the  fire crews arrived. 

Firefighters soon identified the presence of asbestos in the building materials and took additional precautions including using breathing apparatus and protective masks. 

According to neighbours, the house had been vacant for several years but a builder’s power pole located in the front yard may indicate an intention to renovate or rebuild the property.  It is likely the house will now need to be demolished as every room has been severely damaged and most of the roof destroyed.

The fire took almost half an hour to bring under control but more than two hours to extinguish.  The damage bill has been estimated at $150,000 and the cause deemed suspicious.  Police have been notified.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Riverside Avenue, Keilor
Date: July 21, 2012 
Time: 07:063 hours     
Call Number:  6082

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 21

Officer in charge: Commander Phil Taylor

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

 

 

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