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Winds fan suspicious house fire in Albion

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12 Nov 2019
Strong winds have fuelled a suspicious blaze which took hold of a home in Albion overnight.

A passing motorist saw smoke and flames issuing from the Albury Street property and called Triple Zero (000), before another pedestrian alerted emergency crews just after 2:30am.

Firefighters arrived on scene in five minutes and found the single storey home well alight.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection, crews entered the building to search for occupants. Thankfully no one was inside the premises at the time of the fire.

Despite the wind conditions, 30 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control just half an hour after they were alerted.

Approximately half of the building has been damaged by fire, and asbestos procedures are in place.

At this stage the cause has not been determined. Firefighters believe the fire may have begun under suspicious circumstances, and the scene will be handed to Victoria Police.

At the height of the fire there were seven appliances on scene including an aerial and a rescue unit, in addition to three other units.

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