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Hutton Street homes hit by blaze

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23 Dec 2018
A fire took hold of a home on Hutton Street in Thornbury on Sunday morning. The fierce blaze spread quickly to the home next door, and was threatening a third property.

MFB firefighters were responded to the scene just before 5am following several calls to Triple Zero from concerned residents.

The first firefighting crew arrived on scene in less than six minutes to find two single-fronted weatherboard homes well alight.

Wearing breathing apparatus, the crews sprang into action and commenced an aggressive attack on the fire in a bid to save both properties.

Firefighters set up additional water streams and managed to protect a third property from catching alight.

Live electrical wires in front of the homes threatened to collapse into the area where crews were fighting hard to save the properties. An exclusion zone was set up to ensure firefighter safety.

The roof of the home where it is believed the fire began collapsed shortly after crews arrived on scene.

Approximately 24 firefighters fought hard to bring the fire under control by 5:49am on Sunday morning, despite the challenging conditions.

At the height of the blaze there were eight MFB vehicles on scene, including an aerial firefighting appliance, and two Commander units.

Thankfully, all occupants evacuated safely and no one was injured.

The fire caused a large amount of smoke in the surrounding area, and a Community Advice message was issued for Brunswick East and Thornbury.

At this stage it is not known what started the fire.

MFB’s specialist team of Fire Investigators will attend the scene on Sunday to determine a cause. 

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