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Smoke Alarm alerts residents in Box Hill fire

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06 Aug 2010
MFB crews from Box Hill & North Balwyn were quickly on scene at a fire which had become well established at the single story home this morning.

On arrival by the first crew additional resources were requested due to the intensity and location of the fire.

Whilst early indications from people were that all persons were out of the building it was discovered that a female resident had re-entered the burning building in search of a dog. She was treated on scene by an Ambulance crew before being transported to hospital with some smoke inhalation. The dog is safe as were the other occupants.

Aggressive fire fighting restricted the fire to mainly the roof space, kitchen and rear portion of the dwelling, the roof space had been insulated with seaweed which will require most of it to be removed to ensure complete extinguishment.

It took some 20 mins to bring under control with mopping up to continue for some time, a search of the premises has established the cause of the fire and crews will be in attendance for some hours.

TIME: 03:36
CALL No.: 1139
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Cmdr Dave McCurdy
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – John Taylor

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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