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Kitchen cook ups main cause of house fires in Melbourne

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05 Aug 2013
Almost a third of house fires in the first month of winter were caused by unattended cooking or electrical faults.

MFB attended 157 residential fires in June, resulting in more than 2 million dollars damage to property.

The major causes of fires in June included unattended cooking (19 per cent), heating (19%) and electrical (12%).

Firefighters say it’s a source of constant frustration because many of these fires could have been easily prevented.

"You just can’t afford to risk leaving cooking unattended, even for a minute," Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rob Purcell said.

"We see time and time again the devastation caused by those few moments of distraction in the kitchen."

The local government areas with the highest number of house fires in June were Melbourne (18), Darebin (17) and Brimbank (13).

There are some very simple things people can do to reduce the chances of a home fire said Rob Purcell.

"Always keep at least one metre of space around heaters, never smoke in bed and make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home," he said.

Victoria’s fire services teamed up this year to promote the Home Fire Safety Campaign, which focuses on the importance of staying fire safe this winter.

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