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Working smoke alarms save three in house fire

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20 Oct 2013
Three people were lucky to escape a large house fire in Glenroy this morning.

The roof of a single-storey dwelling was extensively damaged by the blaze.

A neighbour reported smoke billowing from the property in Morell St, Glenroy shortly after 7am.

The first MFB crews to arrive at the scene confirmed the roof structure to be well alight and that all three occupants were safe and accounted for.

When questioned later, the occupants said their installed smoke alarms had activated ensuring they had time to evacuate safely.

Despite the amount of water being used to extinguish the roof fire, damage to the interior of the home was relatively light as fire crews used tarpaulins to cover most of the furnishings.

The fire took 27 minutes to bring under control and has resulted in a repair bill estimated at $120,000.

Although the blaze is known to have started at the rear of the property, the cause is yet to be confirmed.

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