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Firefighters stop Hawthorn East house fire from spreading

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19 Aug 2017
The quick work of MFB firefighters has prevented a fire at a new two storey house in Hawthorn East from spreading.

Crews were called to the house shortly before midday with reports of smoke issuing from the roof.

The first crews on scene found the fire had entered a wall cavity and was threatening to extend into the roof.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus cut the fire off by removing wall plaster and extinguishing the fire before it could take hold in the roof.

All occupants managed to escape safely.

There is quite a bit of water damage due to a plastic water pipe being compromised by the fire, as well as normal fire fighting operations.

Crews will remain on scene for some time to make sure that any extension into the roof is totally extinguished.

It’s believed the fire started from a heater, however at this stage it hasn’t been determined if there was a fault in the heater or installation.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES

Pumpers: 4
Rescue units: 1 
Other units: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 16 

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