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19 Sep 2011
The value of having a working smoke alarm has been shown yet again at a house fire in Newport.

Date: September 16, 2011 
Time: 19:47 hours     
Call Number: 5342

Address: Laurie Street, Newport.

The owner was at home cooking some chips on the stove when he was called away by a neighbour who needed his help. 

It was only after his smoke alarm sounded that he remembered the chips. 

Armed with a small dry chemical extinguisher from his garage, the owner rushed back to his kitchen while his neighbour rang for the Fire Brigade.  Flames were already reaching up to the rangehood above the stove but with the aid of not one but three extinguishers the owner had at his disposal, the fire was soon quelled and the pot covered with a fire blanket to ensure the oil would not re-ignite.  

MFB crews were on scene within five minutes but all they needed to do was check the roofspace to ensure the fire had not spread past the rangehood.  Damage to the kitchen was minimal with only the rangehood, stove and two cupboards needing minor repairs.

Commander Ken Brown spoke with the owner after the fire and advised him that it is best never to leave your cooking unattended but if you have to answer the phone or in this case, are called away to help a neighbour, always take a wooden spoon with you as a reminder. 


Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 2
Rescue Units: 1

Number of firefighters: 10

Officer in charge: Commander Commander Ken Brown

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

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