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Thirteen escape Essendon house fire

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10 Nov 2016
Thirteen squatters have escaped an Essendon house fire overnight.

Firefighters were called to the Russell Street home at 2.10am.

The fire involved a two-storey brick veneer residence measuring 10 by 15 metres.

Access for firefighters was difficult with bars and boarding material covering all of the windows along the front of the premises.   Crews used a specialist aerial appliance (similar to a cherry picker) to gain entry to the roof where most of the smoke was issuing.  

Thirteen people were noted as residing in the dwelling (all squatters) with MFB personnel ensuring everyone had safely evacuated and were unharmed.

The fire caused extensive damage to a front room and most of the roof and took just over 40 minutes to bring under control.

The repair bill has been estimated at up to $200,000.  

The cause has yet to be determined and specialist investigators will attend later this morning.  

Special precautions were taken by firefighters due to the presence of asbestos within the building.  


Pumpers: 4

Rescue Units: 1

Aerial units: 2

Other units: 1


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