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Garage burnt out but house saved in Bentleigh East fire

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15 Sep 2014
Firefighters have saved a Bentleigh East home after an adjoining garage was damaged by fire.

Crews were called to the Begg Street home at 6.20am on Sunday 14 September.

The fire involved a six metre by 20 metre residential garage that was being used as an office and storage area for both a home whitegoods repair business and a home based fashion clothing supply business.

The fire started when a heater in the garage was accidentally left on and ignited nearby materials.

When MFB crews arrived at the scene, the garage was fully ablaze with flames beginning to impinge on the adjoining house.

The firefighters did a fantastic job of saving the house with fire damage to the home restricted to only a small portion of the eaves at the rear of the dwelling.

Due to the likelihood of asbestos being present in the building materials, all personnel wore breathing apparatus as they took on the arduous task of emptying the garage of its considerable contents.  This was done in order to ensure the fire was fully extinguished. 

The damage bill is estimated at $80,000 but most importantly, the saving of the house prevented $225,000 being added to that figure. 

The fire took just under half an hour to bring under control.

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


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