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Working smoke alarm alerts Albert Park neighbours to house fire

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31 Oct 2016
A working smoke alarm can help save your home – even when you’re not there.

The value of having a working smoke alarm, even when no-one is at home was proven this morning when a neighbour heard a smoke alarm operating and called the fire brigade.

The fire occurred just after 10.30am in an Albert Park home on Hambleton Street.

MFB crews arrived less than five minutes from that call being made and managed to contain the fire to the kitchen area.

The fire appears to have started in the dishwasher and had already spread to engulf adjoining cabinetry when firefighters arrived.

"It was within three or four minutes of spreading to the rest of the house," reported Senior Station Officer John Hale.  "The smoke alarm and the actions of the alert neighbour saved this property."

Damage to the kitchen was extensive and there was also smoke damage to the remainder of the premises. 

The repair bill has been estimated at up to $100,000.  The shocked owner arrived home shortly after the blaze was brought under control. 

MFB recommends your smoke alarm is tested regularly and the battery is replaced at the end of daylight saving each April.   Remember, only a working smoke alarm can help protect your property.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 3

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 12

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