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Smoke alarm saves sleeping couple

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26 Oct 2013
A working smoke alarm has been credited with saving a couple in their 20s following a house fire in Canterbury on Saturday.

The couple were asleep when woken by the smoke alarm about 7.50am.

At that time, there was little or no smoke visible in the house but a quick check of the roof space revealed an extensive fire raging in the ceiling.

By the time they had made their way outside, the room where they had been sleeping only minutes before was engulfed in fire.

Damage to the large single-storey weatherboard house was extensive with the rear of the dwelling and most of the roof destroyed.

MFB crews used tarpaulins to cover many of the furnishings in the front part of the house and kept the damage bill down to between $200,000 and $300,000.

The fire took 50 minutes to bring under control with one firefighter sustaining minor injuries after being hit by a large section of ceiling plaster dislodged by falling roof tiles.

The cause has yet to be determined.

Six appliances and 22 firefighters attended the scene.

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