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Faulty remote controlled car battery sparks $200,000 house fire

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08 May 2014
A faulty remote control car battery on charge has been blamed for a house fire in Meadow Heights, causing more than $200,000 damage.

A young couple and their four-year-old son were lucky to escape the fire in their Meadow Heights home overnight.

The family was woken up by passer-bys banging on the front door of their four-bedroom brick veneer house on Mia Place. The family safely evacuated their home and their smoke alarm activated shortly after.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 4.20am.

Flames were issuing from the roof and the entire roof space including the attached garage roof space was involved.

MFB firefighters were able to stop the spread of fire entering the living areas; however some smoke, water, and heat damage has occurred.  The fire took 45 minutes to bring under control.

The council building surveyor has been asked to attend to check the structural integrity of the building due to the substantial roof collapse.  MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the morning to continue fire duties.

MFB Fire Investigators have determined the fire started in the garage where a remote control car battery was being charged.

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