An electrical fault in a fan controller is suspected of starting a fire that burnt out one room and also destroyed part of the roof of a house in Kim Ct Seabrook.
A mother and son (aged approx. 12-14) were at home at the time and managed to escape the blaze but received a cautionary check-over by Ambulance paramedics to ensure they had not suffered any affects from smoke inhalation.
MFB and CFA crews were quickly on scene and brought the fire under control in 20 minutes. Apart from the direct fire damage, the remainder of the single-storey dwelling was affected by heat and smoke resulting in a repair bill estimated at $50,000.
A fire crew will remain on scene throughout the night to guard against any possible flare-ups.
Approximately 26 firefighters attended.
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