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Family of eight escape Broadmeadows blaze

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31 Mar 2014
A family of eight had a lucky escape from their burning two-storey, weatherboard, home on Saturday.

A driver passing by noticed the flames, stopped, and banged on the house door to waken and alert the residents.   The mother, father and six children aged between two and 17 years evacuated safely.

Firefighters were called to the Walsh Street blaze in Broadmeadows about 1.45am.

Crews were on scene within minutes to find the top floor well alight.

They were able to stop the spread into the lower level and had the fire under control in 20 mins.  While the top floor has been severely damaged, the lower level has been smoke and water damaged.

Police were called to assist with alternative temporary housing.

MFB Fire Investigators suspect the cause of the fire is accidentally discarded hot coals.


No. of FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 22

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