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300 people safely evacuated after Clayton kitchen fire

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07 Aug 2018
Approximately 300 people have been safely evacuated from a university on Wellington Road in Clayton this morning.

An automatic alarm alerted MFB crews to a kitchen fire on the third floor of a five storey student accommodation building on the university grounds.

Initial crews arrived on scene in just five minutes, and called for additional appliances to respond to the blaze. At the peak of the fire there were six fire fighting appliances and two other MFB appliances on scene.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus ensured the fire was contained to the studio apartment it originated in, with additional smoke damage to the hallway on the third floor.

Thanks to the hard work of 26 firefighters on scene, the fire was declared under control in just 19 minutes.

At this stage it is believed that the fire may have started as a result of food left on a stovetop, but MFB’s specialist Fire Investigators will further analyse the scene as soon as possible.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria paramedics are currently on scene assisting MFB.


Tips for staying fire safe in the kitchen:

  • Always supervise children in the kitchen. Keep them away from the stove top and oven. Keep pot handles turned in.
  • Keep stove top, griller, oven, range hood and cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep combustibles such as tea towels and paper towels away from cooking and heat sources.
  • Ensure kitchen appliances are clean and in good working order.
  • A fire extinguisher and fire blanket should be stored within easy reach but away from the cooking area. Only use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket if you feel able to use the equipment safely






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