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Fire at unit in St Kilda East overnight

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08 Feb 2020
Firefighters stopped the spread of a unit fire in St Kilda East, following several Triple Zero (000) calls just before 2am on Saturday morning

MFB crews arrived on scene within six minutes to find the fire had taken hold of both floors of the double storey unit. 

Firefighters in breathing apparatus made their way into the burning building to attack the fire internally, while crews were also attacking the flames from outside the unit to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties.

Thankfully all occupants evacuated, including those in nearby units. 

One person was transported to hospital in the care of Ambulance Victoria Paramedics. 

The fire was declared under control at 2:28 AM, approximately half an hour after the first call for help.

MFB crews remained on scene throughout the night, working on hot spots to ensure the scene is made safe.

The unit’s occupants were alerted to the fire after a working smoke alarm sounded.

MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit believe the fire started accidentally as a result of an electrical issue. 

At the height of the fire there were more than 30 firefighters on scene on board six pumpers, a rescue unit and an aerial firefighting appliance, including three other units.

Victoria Police were also on scene assisting.

 

Smoke alarm tips:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in bedrooms and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.
  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any nine volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.
  • Landlords are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
  • Tenants are responsible for testing and cleaning the smoke alarms in their rental property monthly.
  • Tenants must contact their real estate agent or landlord if their smoke alarms are not working or emitting an occasional chirping sound.

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