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Fire crews battle extreme clutter in Port Melbourne unit fire

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12 May 2014
Extreme clutter made it difficult for fire crews confronted with a blaze in a Port Melbourne apartment this afternoon.

Just after 1.30pm crews responded to reports of flame and smoke issuing from the top floor of an apartment block on Esplanade East. On arrival they found the fourth level of a four storey unit block well alight.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and a search of the premise found no occupant in attendance, although they were hampered in their activities by extreme clutter.

The top level of the unit was extensively damaged.  Luckily the occupant was not home at the time, however approximately six other residents were evacuated from the block.

Breathing apparatus was used and the fire was deemed to be under control at 2.03pm.

The cause of the fire was the storage of items in the hot water service cabinet which ignited. Smoke detectors were present and operated.

Police and ambulance attended.

Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  2



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