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Vacant Albion house destroyed by suspicious fire

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27 May 2014
An Albion home was so badly damaged it will have to be demolished after an early morning blaze.

Fire crews were called to the Derrimut Street house at 2.24am.

The fire involved a single-storey vacant weatherboard house that was fully alight upon arrival of MFB crews.  Their initial concern was to protect a neighbouring property that had a mere two-metre separation and their quick work proved very successful. 

Due to the extent of the blaze, little could be done to save the house and its fate will ultimately be demolition. 

The cause has been deemed suspicious and police will investigate.  The replacement cost of the property has been estimated at $250,000.

The fire took 20 minutes to bring under control and special asbestos procedures were put in place due to the age of the property.

An MFB crew has remained at the scene overnight to ensure any remaining hot spots can be quickly dealt with.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES

Pumpers: 3
Rescue Units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS 15

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