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Working smoke alarm alerts South Melbourne family to house fire

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05 Aug 2015
A large family home in South Melbourne has been damaged by fire overnight.

Just before 2am firefighters responded to a fire in a heating unit in a two storey terrace house in Iffla Street South Melbourne.

The occupants of the house evacuated safely. Shortly after arrival the officer in charge requested further appliances to proceed. 

MFB Firefighters in Breathing Apparatus attacked the fire in the roof space and store room on the upper level.

The fire was declared Under Control after 50 minutes

An aggressive internal attack on the fire has seen damage confined to the roof space and store room.

At this stage the exact cause is not known and Fire Investigators will be examining the scene today as will the council building surveyor to check the integrity of the building. Damage is estimated to be approximately $400,000.

A crew remained on scene for the night to monitor the house and extinguish hot spots.

Police and Ambulance also attended

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
24

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