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MFB and CFA work together to save Lower Plenty home

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18 Nov 2018
MFB and CFA firefighters worked together to minimize damage to a property in Lower Plenty this afternoon.

Crews were called to the Cleveland Avenue address just after 4pm on Sunday afternoon and arrived to find a large (20x30m) garage fully alight.

Wearing breathing apparatus, crews aggressively attacked the blaze from inside the garage in a bid to protect the attached home.

Issues with access to water at the large property saw firefighters from both agencies displaying a high degree of interoperability, with CFA appliances accessing water from a dam on the property and MFB crews relaying water from the street mains.

Their efforts ensured the fire was declared under control less than 25 minutes after firefighters initially arrived on scene.

Thankfully, the occupants were not home when the fire broke out and there are no reports of injury.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters two cars and the garage were completely destroyed in the blaze. The fire also spread to the roof space, but crews managed to cut it off at the kitchen and save the remainder of the large home.

MFB’s specialist fire investigators will assess the scene as soon as it has been made safe to try and determine a cause.

At the height of the incident there were seven MFB appliances on scene and more than 20 firefighters. This was in addition to CFA crews in attendance.  

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