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Young couple and baby escape serious house fire

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03 Nov 2013
A couple and their 18 month-old child were asleep when they were awoken by the noise of their bathroom ceiling collapsing.

Only then did the smoke from the fire raging in their roof become evident.

Crews were called to the Liddiard Street, Hawthorn, home just before 2am on Sunday.

With an amazing response time of less than 4 minutes, MFB crews managed to contain the fire to the roof area before it had a chance of spreading further.

With the family safely out of the house, firefighters were able to concentrate on accessing the ceiling space and extinguishing the blaze.

Good work by the crews had the fire brought under control in 40 minutes with additional staff called in to form a watching duty overnight.

Though little could be done to save the roof, damage to the inside of the single-storey weatherboard dwelling was nevertheless kept to a minimum and consisted mainly of heat, smoke and water damage.

Repairs to the Victorian style house are expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000.

A forensic electrical examination still needs to take place, however initial investigations show the cause was either an exhaust fan accidently left on or a down light transformer.

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