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Overloaded power boards cause Brunswick apartment fire

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25 Sep 2013
A couple had a lucky escape from their Brunswick apartment this morning.

They were woken by glass breaking, and found their first floor, one bedroom apartment well involved in fire.  Both managed to escape safely. 

Fire crews were called to the Dawson Street property at 1.28am. Three appliances and 12 firefighters attended the scene.

The apartment and contents have all been severely damaged by fire.

The cause of the fire has been deemed of an electrical nature, being overloaded power boards.

Multiple overloaded power boards had been stacked up to accommodate numerous pieces of music and computer equipment.

This serves as a reminder to all to be vigilant in ensuring that working smoke alarms are fitted.

Never overload power points and never connect one power board to another. This practise is dangerous.

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