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The heat is on and causing house fires

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21 Jun 2010
A house fire in Dingley Village last week has prompted a warning to Victorians to keep flammable materials away from heaters.

The house was completely destroyed on Thursday after an oil heater was accidentally knocked against the couch.

A mother and her three children were home at the time but were forced to evacuate when she could not extinguish the fire.

CFA State Duty Officer Kevin Pettit said the fire was just one of many in recent weeks that had started from heaters.

“Over the past three weeks, we’ve had a noticeable spike in the number of heater fires, particularly with heaters that have been left too close to flammable materials, such as clothes or in this case a couch,” he said.

“It is important that people remember to keep heaters at least one metre from clothes, linen and other combustibles around the home.”

Yesterday’s fire follows an incident in Wunghnu two weeks ago where clothes ignited after they were left too close to a heater. The house was destroyed but the occupant was able to escape after being alerted by a working smoke alarm.

MFB’s Commander Frank Stockton said that heaters and fireplaces were the second most common cause of house fires during the winter months.

“It is important to ensure that portable heaters in particular are not left unsupervised,” he said. “If you leave the room, or go to bed, make sure you turn off the heater.

“I also can’t stress enough the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home.

“If a fire breaks out while you are asleep, a smoke alarm can save your life.”

For more information on home fire safety visit www.homefiresafety.com.au


For more information contact:

CFA Media (03) 5330 3124 MFB Media (03) 9665 4699

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