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Unattended candle leads to house fire in Preston

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24 Feb 2013
A large house and theatrette was damage by fire in Preston over the weekend.

Crews from Preston and Northcote fires stations attended were initially called to the Gilbert Road blaze at 5.42am on Sunday February 24.

On arrival they discovered the fire involved a two-storey home, with eight to nine rooms and a theatre-type area.

Firefighters from Heidelberg and Thomastown soon arrived to assist.

The rooms on the first floor were severely damaged by fire, the remainder damaged by heat and smoke.

Damage is estimated at $150,000 to $200,000.

The cause is believed to be an unattended candle next to a mattress.

Eight appliances in total attended the scene, with about 25 firefighters.

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