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Candle fire causes serious damage to Glenroy unit

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14 Aug 2015
A candle coming into contact with household combustibles has caused a fire in a unit early this morning.

Firefighters were called to the Trevannion Street home about 4.19am.

The top floor unit of the two-storey, fibro-cement block was fully involved in fire when MFB firefighters arrived on scene.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control following an aggressive firefighting attack to stop the spread of fire into adjoining units.

The occupant of the unit self-evacuated and was later transported to hospital with minor smoke inhalation.

The unit has extensive fire damage and the unit below has sustained severe water damage. The nine-unit property will have no power for a number of days and all residents will need to be rehoused.

MFB firefighters will remain on scene into the morning, to continue to extinguish and maintain fire duties.

This fire serves as a reminder in taking care when using candles, ensuring they are away from combustibles such as curtains and tablecloths, always supervised and placed on a safe surface.




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