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Malvern East fire sparks explosion fears

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21 Aug 2014
Neighbours were evacuated during a protracted gas incident overnight.

MFB crews from Oakleigh and Burwood responded to the initial call for a house fire on Webster Street, Malvern East, just after 5.30pm

On arrival they discovered that it was a fire impinging on the house, involving a vehicle powered by LPG.

Fast work by the attending crews confined the damage to the vehicle and the southern wall of the dwelling, but the potential for the incident to escalate was very real.

There were no injuries sustained however neighbouring homes had to be evacuated and all the ignition sources isolated.

Special flare off equipment carried on the Rescue Unit was utilised to no avail, due to the damaged valves on the gas cylinder. Breathing apparatus and hose lines were utilised for the firefighters protection in case of an explosion.

Time taken to deem incident under control was one hour and 45 minutes.

The cause was deemed to be accidental and not suspicious.

No other emergency services were required on scene.

The important message is that work should not be carried out on any vehicle or home appliance that is powered or fuelled by gas. This is a regulated product and should only be attempted by registered and fully qualified person.

Pumpers:  3
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  0
Other units:  1


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