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Smoke alarm alerts occupants to fire in neighbouring homes

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28 Nov 2013
Smoke alarms have alerted six occupants of a boarding house and the residents of an adjoining property to fire that damaged both homes early this morning.

MFB firefighters arrived in Clairmont Street Albion early this morning to find two neighbouring homes on fire.

The fire started in an area between the single storey weatherboard homes. From there the fire spread up the wall of one property and then up the wall of the neighbouring property leading into their respective roof spaces. Fire damage was caused to one room and the roof space of each home.

One house was boarding accommodation which housed six occupants last night. All safely evacuated after being alerted by their smoke alarms and neighbours banging on the door.  The family living in the other home was also woken by their smoke alarms.

There have been no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

No of appliances: 7
No of firefighters: approximately 22 

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