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Electric blanket to blame for Glen Waverley blaze

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18 Oct 2016
An elderly woman was treated for burns and smoke inhalation after a house fire overnight.

MFB Fire Investigators have confirmed an electric blanket left on was to blame for a house fire in Glen Waverley.

Crews were called to the Lisbon Street home at 6.47pm after the sole occupant, an elderly woman, was alerted to the blaze by a working smoke alarm. She received treatment from Ambulance Victoria for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

On arrival firefighters found the fire was contained to a front bedroom on the ground floor of two storey brick-veneer dwelling.

Although there was some fire penetration into the mid floor area, fire crews managed to quickly bring the fire under control in 20 minutes and have it extinguished a short time later. 

The house suffered water damage to the lower floor and smoke damage to all rooms.  The repair bill has been estimated at up to $50,000.

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