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Last day of Autumn, pet tragedy.

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01 Jun 2011
Having placed some oversized timber in her fireplace the female occupant went outside to get more wood for the evening. On returning she found the entire lounge room on fire and her smoke alarm operating.

Date: May 31, 2011 
Time: 18:00 hours     
Call Number: 10249

Address: Paloma Street, Bentleigh East

Sadly her two pet cats were found deceased but her pet Jack Russell was found safe hiding under a cupboard.

MFB firefighters were quickly on scene and able to bring the fire under control in 15 minutes but by arrival time three rooms had been severely damaged and the remainder of the single storey weatherboard home smoke logged.

MFB firefighters have advised that the fire was caused by the burning large timber in the fireplace catching onto a nearby wicker basket. MFB Fire crews will be remaining on scene throughout the night to continue to monitor, extinguish and clean up the fire.

This unfortunate fire is an example of how quickly fire travels and a reminder to take care when using an open fireplace this winter. 

The MFB strongly recommends:

  • Have the flue or chimney cleaned at least once a year, preferably at the start of winter, to prevent a build up of material that may burn.
  • Always place a fire screen in front of open fires.
  • Never store firewood too close to open fires.
  • Never use flammable liquids, such as kerosene or petrol to light a fire.
  • Extinguish all flames and embers in a fire place completely before you leave home or retire

Attending Appliances: 7  

Number of firefighters: 25

Officer in charge: Acting Commander Paul Shannon

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

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