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Smoke alarm alerts mum and kids to fire in Templestowe

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11 Jul 2017
A working smoke alarm has alerted a mum and her two kids to a kitchen fire at a property in Templestowe.

The family was woken by the alarm just before 7am.

They went into the kitchen and spotted a glow coming from above the oven.

The trio, along with their pet cat, evacuated the property immediately and called triple-zero.

MFB firefighters arrived on scene within 7 minutes and had the fire under control in 15 minutes.

Crews used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots as the fire had spread into the ceiling and the walls of the two-storey house.

The cause of the fire appears to be related to a faulty electric oven.

Under Victorian law every home MUST have at least one working smoke alarm on each level.

Remember, only working smoke alarms save lives so ensure you clean and test yours regularly and replace the battery when required.

For more information about smoke alarms visit

Smoke Alarms

• Only working smoke alarms save lives.
• Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
• Vacuum smoke alarms every 12 months to clean the vents.
• Install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas on every level of a house.
• Install an extra smoke alarm in bedrooms if people sleep with their doors closed.
• All fire services recommend that homes be fitted with Australian Standards approved photo-electric smoke alarms.
• All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.
• MFB recommends 10 year, tamper proof, photoelectric smoke alarms.

For more home fire safety tips, visit and download the Home Fire Safety Booklet.

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

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