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Firefighters praised for stopping Richmond house fire from spreading

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29 Oct 2016
A Richmond house was damaged by fire this morning.

Crews were called to the Parker Street home at 8.40am.
Smoke was visible to responding MFB Firefighters proceeding to the fire call.  
Additional appliances were then despatched. On scene within minutes they confirmed that fire engulfed the rear portion of the single storey, unoccupied, weatherboard (12 x 25 metre) house.
Concern was raised when neighbours advised that squatters frequented the property and it was observed that one person had safely evacuated.
A thorough search of the property was undertaken by firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, confirming that no further persons were involved.
The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes and Commander Keiran Lenehan has praised the efforts of firefighters in efficiently containing and stopping the spread of fire.
MFB specialist Fire Investigators are currently on scene to determine the cause of the fire.
MFB Firefighters will be remaining on scene into the late afternoon to continue to extinguish hot spots and maintain safety.

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