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Residents evacuate after bedroom catches fire in Brunswick

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10 Jan 2020
Three people safely evacuated a house in Brunswick after a fire broke out just after 8am this morning.

MFB firefighters were altered to the house on Victoria street after one of the residents spotted flames coming from a bedroom and called Triple Zero (000).

Crews in breathing apparatus made their way inside and were able to prevent the fire from over taking the home. The fire was contained to the one bedroom with minor damage to the next door property.

The incident was under control in 30 minutes.

The house is heavily smoke logged. Crews will remain on scene for some time to ventilate the premises.

It is believed the fire was started by a candle left unattended.

MFB recommends the following tips for safe use of open flames:

  • The use of open flames should always be supervised.
  • Always extinguish cigarettes, candles, incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep curtains and other items that could catch fire away from open flames at all times.
  • Ensure children and animals are a safe distance from candles, incense and oil burners.
  • Only use candles, incense and oil burners on stable non-combustible surfaces.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Use heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them tipping over and always properly extinguish cigarettes.

For tips on things to do around the home to prevent a fire, download the Home Fire Safety Booklet, visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety/Home-Fire-Safety-Booklet.html

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