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Lucky escape from home with no smoke alarms

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27 Mar 2014
A Burwood resident has had a lucky escape following a kitchen fire last night.

The fire occurred just before midnight and quickly spread to involve the rear portion of the dual occupancy dwelling.  A man in his twenties was treated for heat exposure after trying to extinguish the fire in his kitchen.   


Acting Commander Gavin Rooney from the MFB said, “The man was lucky that he was still awake when the fire started as there were no installed smoke alarms to alert him to the fire had he been asleep.” 


The fire burnt out the kitchen and bedroom and rendered both sides of the dwelling uninhabitable due to heat and smoke damage.  The blaze took fire crews just over 20 minutes to bring under control.


The repair bill has been estimated at $100,000.  The cause is under investigation.


Attending appliances: 5


Number of firefighters: 18

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