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Smoke alarm saves residents after candle causes blaze

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18 Sep 2013
A candle has caused severe damage to a Collingwood home over night.

Numerous calls were received for a fire in a house on Ballarat Street, Collingwood, just after 7pm.

The fire was contained to a front bedroom of a single storey brick house.

Both the room including the contents have been severely damaged by fire while the remainder of the premises has been damaged by heat and smoke.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire.

Power to the premises had been disconnected but the hard wired smoke alarm with battery backup worked and alerted the neighbours to the fire.

The cause of the fire has been deemed to be an unattended candle in contact with combustible materials.

Under control in 20 minutes and breathing apparatus was in operation.

The MFB would like to advise all householders to never leave candles burning unattended.

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