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Electric blanket sparks fire in Toorak

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03 Jul 2017
An electric blanket has sparked a fire in a Toorak apartment last night.

A neighbour raised the alarm after smelling smoke and hearing smoke alarms sounding from the Tintern Avenue home around 8pm.

Firefighters were on scene within minutes and made access to the smoke filled apartment on the second floor of the building.

Crews quickly extinguished the burning mattress and room.

No one was home at the time.

The occupants will need to seek alternative accomodation as the apartment is badly damaged by smoke and fire and is uninhabitable.

The fire serves as a reminder to take care when using electric blankets during cold winter nights:

-       Turn electric blankets on 30 minutes before bed and turn off once you’re in bed.

-       Keep electric blankets flat with controls at the side of the bed.

-       Regularly check for broken and worn wiring.


-       Remember to install an extra smoke alarm in every bedroom where the door is closed when sleeping.


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