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Child playing with matches sets fire to family home

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08 Sep 2014
A child playing with matches in his bedroom is believed to have started a fire that caused up to $200,000 damage to the family home.

Fire crews were called to the home in Harper Court, Port Melbourne, at 9.09am on Saturday.

The top floor of the two-storey Port Melbourne residence was burnt out and there was also water damage to the downstairs areas.  The sole occupants, a mother and her seven-year-old son managed to get out safely and neither was injured.

The fire took just under half an hour to control. 

Firefighters undertook special procedures due to the possibility of the presence of asbestos.

MFB’s Junior Fire Awareness and Intervention Program (JFAIP) has been notified and will do a follow-up with the child next week.  This program has been running for many years and has been credited with many successes in dealing with children who exhibit an excessive fascination with fire.

Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1


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