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Sunshine woman flees house fire through bedroom window

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20 Apr 2016
A Sunshine woman escaped her burning bedroom through a window this morning.

Just after 5am, MFB firefighters were called to the Hemphill Road property, which is home to several tenants in different bedrooms.

The woman’s boyfriend left for work about 2am and she switched on a heater to keep warm before falling back asleep.

The heater was plugged in a power board and sparked a fire, filling the room with smoke. There was no smoke alarm in the room to alert her to the blaze.

The bedroom door was locked after the boyfriend left, resulting in the woman being trapped in the bedroom.

Thankfully the 25-year-old woman was able to escape via the bedroom window, and was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The fire was contained to the bedroom.

Fire Investigator Damian O’Toole attended the scene and determined the orgin of the fire was a dodgy powerboard, used to power the heater. It’s unclear if the powerboard itself overheated or if the heater was incorrectly plugged in.

With winter approaching MFB reminds all Melburnians to ensure their heaters are in good working order and have been serviced before use. Keep all flammable items, such as bedding and clothing, at least one metre from the heater.

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