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Thomastown House Fire Under Control

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16 May 2020
Approximately 35 firefighters responded to Thomastown this evening, following a Triple Zero (000) call for a house fire just after 7:30pm.

MFB crews arrived at the Victoria Drive home within six minutes, and started working to knock down the blaze.

Thanks to the quick work of crews, the fire was declared under control about 15 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene.

Fortunately, a smoke alarm alerted the occupants to the fire, and all residents along with their pet dog self-evacuated prior to MFB’s arrival.

The fire is believed to have started when a mattress fell onto a heater and caught alight.

MFB crews remain on scene monitoring remaining hot spots. 

Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and CFA crews were also at the scene.

A community warning was issued for heavy smoke in the area.

 

Smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in bedrooms and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.
  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any 9 volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install a smoke alarm in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.

For up-to-date home fire safety information please visit: 
http://mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety.html 

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