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Four evacuate after fire starts from ducted heating unit.

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28 May 2012
A fire in a ducted heating unit caused approximately one hundred thousand dollars damage to a house in Camberwell over the weekend.

Four people were home at the time of the fire when the wife of the household noticed a fire outside through a window.

After investigation they realised the fire was coming through the internal heating ducts. They immediately self evacuated and rang 000.

Once on scene, MFB firefighters had to access the under floor using a chainsaw to check for fire spread.

To avoid any future tragedies, on scene Operations Commander Andrew O’Connell warned “tonight’s fire could have been tragic and offers a timely reminder to everyone to have their ducted heating units serviced before the really cold weather sets in”.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Burke Rd, Camberwell
Date: May 26, 2012 
Time: 21:22 hours     
Call Number: 9952

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 20

Officer in charge: Commander Andrew O’Connell

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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