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Lucky escape for mother and children in Hughesdale blaze

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02 Nov 2013
A mother and her two small children had a lucky escape when a huge fire ripped through their home in Hughesdale.

The fire started in the ceiling space with the three completely unaware of the blaze raging only a metre or so above their heads.

It was not until the fire had spread to engulf the rear of their single-storey weatherboard dwelling that they noticed the smoke and rushed out the front door.

As MFB crews arrived on scene about 9.50pm, the roof began collapsing in on where the family had been sitting only minutes earlier.

Firefighters managed to save the front portion of their home but the rear and most of the roof was completely destroyed.

The blaze took 20 minutes to bring under control and just over an hour to extinguish.

A watching duty will remain overnight to dampen down any remaining hot-spots.

The repair bill has been estimated at between $300,000 and $400,000 and the cause has yet to be established.

Six appliances and 22 firefighters attended the blaze.

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