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Wheat bag causes issues at Glen Waverley nursing home

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19 Aug 2017
A smoke detector and the quick response of MFB firefighters has averted disaster in a 40 bed nursing home in Glen Waverly.

A fire indicator panel was activated by a smoke detector in the room of a nursing home at 1:20am.

Firefighters were on scene within minutes and were directed to the room as occupants were being evacuated by quick thinking staff.

Firefighters found a wheat bag on fire on a window sill and directly beneath curtains.

It’s believed the wheat bag had been heated in a microwave but was too hot, so it was placed on the window sill.

The wheat bag remains were disposed of by firefighters, revealing heat damage.

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