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Father and daughter escape as Preston home destroyed by fire

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02 Feb 2013
A father and his teenage daughter had a lucky escape when fire engulfed their weatherboard house in Cramer Street, Preston on Saturday.

The blaze occurred just after 5.30am when both were fast asleep and it is possible they may have been woken by exploding aerosol cans that had ruptured in the heat.

The fire spread so quickly that despite the arrival of fire trucks in just a few minutes, it was already too late to save the house.  Fortunately, the father and daughter escaped just in time and were unharmed.

It has been reported that the smoke alarm fitted in the home did not have a battery installed.

This serves as a reminder to the community to ensure that their alarms are properly maintained and in good working order.

The fire was brought under control in 25 minutes but the damage is so severe the house is likely to be demolished. A local council engineer will attend to assess the damage.

The replacement bill has been estimated at $200,000. Specialist fire investigators said the cause is most likely incidental. Seven appliances and about 20 firefighters attended the blaze.

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