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Candle sets fire to house in Thornbury overnight

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23 Nov 2019
A candle left unattended is believed to have sparked a fire in a Thornbury house overnight.

Crews were called to the address on Collins Street just after 4am to find a single storey weatherboard house engulfed in flames.

They arrived within six minutes and quickly conducted a search to confirm that all occupants had evacuated.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire to the two front bedrooms of the building.

The incident was declared under control at 4:42am, 19 minutes after initial crews arrived on scene.

A smoke alarm was present in the home but did not activate due to not having a battery installed.

MFB crews will remain on scene for some time, wetting down hot spots to make the scene safe.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were on scene to assist. No one was injured in the incident.



  • Smoke alarms should be installed in bedrooms and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.
  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any nine volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.
  • Landlords are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
  • Tenants are responsible for testing and cleaning the smoke alarms in their rental property monthly.
  • Tenants must contact their real estate agent or landlord if their smoke alarms are not working or emitting an occasional chirping sound.



  • Candles should be supervised at all times.
  • Ensure candles and other open flames are extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Ensure they are kept a safe distance from flammable objects and out of the reach of children.
  • Only use candles, incense and oil burners on stable, non combustible surfaces.



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