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Family lucky to escape Caulfield blaze

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20 Nov 2013
Fire has severely damaged a family residence and its contents in Caulfield this morning.

The two storey brick veneer house was well involved in fire when first crews arrived shortly after midnight.

The male resident was alerted to the fire by a noise on the ground floor followed by the smoke alarms operating.

He alerted his wife and daughter and together they escaped through the rear of the property.

No injuries were reported, however they were examined by paramedics on scene.

The entire top floor and roof space has been severely damaged by fire with smoke and water damage throughout the remainder.

Both neighbouring properties were threatened by fire and MFB firefighters prevented the spread with an aggressive, external attack.

The fire took over an hour to bring under control.

MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to continue fire duties.

The fire has been deemed of a suspicious nature and police are investigating.

Seven appliances and 28 firefighters attended the blaze.

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