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Evaporative cooler sparks Bundoora blaze

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12 Dec 2016
A faulty ducted cooling system is believed to be behind a fire which broke out at a Bundoora home this afternoon.

The occupants of the double storey house in Gum Grove noticed smoke coming from the ducts and raised the alarm about 5pm.
Firefighters arrived to find the fire had spread into the roof space and first floor of the home.
Crews donned breathing apparatus to attack the blaze and managed to bring it under control quickly.
The fire is believed to be extinguished but fireys will remain on scene until they are satisfied that there are no hidden hotspots.
Crews are using thermal imaging technology to assist them.
The Brivis evaporative cooler unit had been subject to a recall due to safety concerns.
If you have a Brivis brand evaporative cooler that is more than 10 years old, you should check whether it is subject to a recall by visiting
Each year more people die and are injured in house fires than in bushfires. In 2015 there were 1,565 preventable house fires in Melbourne.
Unattended cooking, smoking, poorly maintained appliances or hanging clothes too close to the heater are just some of the common and preventable causes of house fires.
All Victorians should know their fire escape plan and practice it regularly.
There are some very simple ways to help prevent a house fire including having a working smoke alarm. Visit to find out more.

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