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Blaze started by children playing with cigarette lighter destroys Huntingdale house.

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28 Dec 2011
A father in his 30’s and his three young children had a narrow escape when the house they were staying in erupted in fire on boxing day.

Address: Ross Street, Huntingdale

Date: December 26, 2011 
Time: 12:02 hours     
Call Number: 11881

The blaze in Ross St Huntingdale extensively damaged the vinyl (faux weatherboard) clad dwelling.  Despite the best efforts of firefighters, there is little left to salvage of the single-storey structure.

Later questioning of the children has revealed they had been playing with a cigarette lighter when the fire began. 

The father has now been left with the unenviable task of telling his parents, whose house they had been staying in, that their home is gone.  The grandparents had left only hours earlier for an interstate holiday.

The damage bill has been estimated at up to $400,000.

Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 20

Officer in charge: Commander Rob Dean

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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