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Two disconnected smoke alarms add to fire, caused from cooking.

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07 Apr 2011
A forgotten pot of oil left heating on the stove caught alight and set fire to a house in Lincoln St Sunshine North.

Date: April 7, 2011      

Time: 11:03 hours

Call Number: 3192


Address: Lincoln Street, Sunshine North.


The oil was being heated to cook some chips for two brothers (aged early 20’s) who were the only residents at home when the fire started.  Firefighters were dismayed to find two smoke alarms located nearest the kitchen had had their batteries disconnected. 


A third alarm located further away did eventually activate but by then the kitchen was well alight.  As one brother tried to fight the blaze with a garden hose, the other rang triple-zero (000) for the fire brigade.


MFB crews were quickly on scene and brought the fire under control in 20 minutes. The fire was contained to the kitchen and a portion of the roof.



Attending Appliances:              


Pumpers: 4

Rescue units: 1

Aerial units: 1

Other units: 1 (Breathing Apparatus support)



Number of firefighters: 22



Officer in charge: Commander Ken Brown


For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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