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Firefighters battle high fuel load at Balwyn house fire

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08 Aug 2016
Firefighters have battled a difficult house fire in Balwyn this morning.

Crews were called to the two-storey, Evelina Street home at 6.46am.

The fire was reported by a neighbour who heard the sound of breaking glass and someone moaning. 

On investigation he could see the glowing of the fire and smoke issuing.  On the basis of this, an extra truck was despatched on the initial response and AV were notified.

On arrival the crews found the house well involved in fire and accounted for one 60 y/o male who was suffering from mild smoke inhalation.  He will be transported to hospital for observation.

The house has quite a high fire load inside, with personal belongings, which is making an internal attack on the fire, in breathing apparatus, quite difficult.

The internal staircase has collapsed, making a full search of the premise impossible at this stage. There is no report of anyone else being inside; however this has not been confirmed.

It took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

A community warning has been issued for smoke in the area and the public have been advised to avoid the area.

Pumpers: 4 
Aerial: 1          
Rescue: 1         
Others: 1         


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