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Fire crews battle suspicious house fire in Moorabbin

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05 Feb 2014
Firefighters have battled a suspicious house fire in Moorabbin overnight.

Crews were called to the Jasper Road property just after 1am.
The fire involved a single-storey unoccupied brick dwelling measuring 20m x 10m.
The entire residence was ablaze when crews first arrived with neighbouring houses to the north and east under threat.
Additional hose lines were quickly placed to protect them.  The fire in the front section of the house was soon contained but accessing the rear half was more difficult.
Though the fire was deemed under control in just over half an hour, it took more than two hours to extinguish.  Even then, numerous hot spots persisted and fire crews were required to remain at the scene overnight.
The damage bill has been estimated at $300,000 with the cause being deemed suspicious; Police have been advised.  The council building surveyor will attend today.
One MFB firefighter sustained a deep cut to his right thumb.  He was assessed at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Sandringham hospital for stitches.

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