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Watsonia deck fire damages family home

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28 Oct 2016
An electrical fault is thought to have caused a Watsonia house fire this morning.

Firefighters were called to the Barry Street home just after 7am after a panicked occupant of the house rang Triple Zero to report a fire involving the rear deck of the property.

The occupants evacuated the building safely. Crews proceeding to the fire reported a column of smoke and requested additional resources.

The fire started in the area of the rear deck and entered the roof space of the house.  MFB firefighters in Breathing Apparatus attacked the fire, both internally and from outside.

The fire was declared Under Control after 20 minutes.

Firefighters are removing roofing sheets to gain access and extinguish the fire in the roof. Damage to the house is estimated to be approximately $250,000.

It is suspected that there is asbestos in the building and MFB firefighters are being decontaminated as they exit.

At this stage the cause is thought to be electrical and will be investigated by Fire Investigation.

Ambulance Victoria attended to monitor firefighters coming out of the house after using Breathing Apparatus.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 3

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 30

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