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Heater sparked West Footscray fire

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10 Jun 2018
A portable heater has been determined as the cause of a house fire which engulfed a West Footscray home this morning.

Firefighters and other emergency services were called to the address in Clive Street just after midnight.

Crews arrived on scene within five minutes and quickly conducted an internal search of the property to look for occupants.

A woman was located deceased and a second woman was transported to hospital for observation.

The fire was under control in under 40 minutes.

MFB Fire Investigators and Victoria Police forensics experts examined the scene and determined a portable heater sparked the blaze.

It’s believed the heater may have been left too close to flammable items.

Firefighters have advised that the home did not have any working smoke alarms.

MFB is urging community members to take care when using electrical appliances.

Heaters should be monitored at all times and kept at least a metre away from flammable items such as clothing or bedding.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, between every bedroom and living area and inside each bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed.

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