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Man lucky to escape hot chip fire after falling asleep

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20 Oct 2014
A man was lucky to escape without serious injury after he fell asleep while cooking hot chips.

Fire crews were called to his Duke Street home in Abbotsford about 12.54am on Saturday 18 October.

The fire involved a two storey mechanical engineering and panel beaters premises that also incorporated some offices and basic living quarters on the second level.

A male aged in his late 20s to early 30s was cooking some chips when he fell asleep.  He awoke to find the kitchen ablaze and quickly made his way out of the building.

He suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics but did not require additional hospital treatment.  He was fortunate to escape as there were no smoke alarms fitted within the building.

The fire started as an oil fire on the stove and spread via the flue into the roof, which is covered by corrugated asbestos sheeting.

Crews managed to contain the fire to a three-by-three metre area on the second level with fire extending into the external wall cavity, the roof and the eaves.

The fire took just under half an hour to bring under control with firefighters taking special precautions, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, due to the presence of asbestos in the roofing materials. 

The damage bill has been estimated at between $80,000 and $100,000.

Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1


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