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Faulty Microwave sparks Wheelers Hill Fire

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14 Jun 2010
The sole occupant of a Wheelers Hill house was lucky to escape a fire caused by a faulty microwave oven.

The man managed to evacuate his home following being woken up by a loud explosion and the smoke alarm. The smoke and flames were too intense to enable him to get out the door so he threw a portable heater through the window, covered it with bedding and exited. He then rang 000 advising his home was fully involved in fire and was attempting to wake his neighbours whose house was threatened by the fire.

On this information, the MFB enhanced their first response and were only minutes arriving on scene to confirm that the house was fully involved in fire and that the house to the east was threatened. A lack of available water pressure in the area hampered firefighting efforts.

It took 25 minutes to bring the fire under control and with concentrated firefighting tactics firefighters were able to protect the neighbouring home from damage.

Fire crews will be remaining on scene throughout the morning to continue to extinguish the fire. MFB specialist fire investigators will also be attending to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time.

TIME: 02:42 hours
CALL No.: 3775

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 7, including CFA Scoresby
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Col Matheson
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Heather Stockton

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


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