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Working smoke alarm alerts Nunawading resident to fire

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11 Mar 2020
A Nunawading resident is safe after a working smoke alarm alerted him to a fire at his home overnight.

Firefighters were called to the Eugenia Street property at around 9:30pm on Tuesday evening and arrived on scene within six minutes.

The fire had quickly taken hold of two front rooms at the property.  Thankfully the occupant heard a smoke alarm operating and evacuated the house.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection from the smoke, firefighters entered the building to knock down the fire.

It took just 12 minutes for crews to get the incident under control, and their efforts ensured the fire was contained to the room of origin.

Firefighters believe that an unattended radiator in the lounge room may be the cause of the blaze.

At the height of the fire there were four firefighting appliances in attendance including a rescue unit, in addition to a support unit and Commander.

Tips for using heaters safely:

·         Drying clothes and other items must be kept at least one metre away from all heating.

·         Ensure heaters are installed, maintained and operated according to manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Always use a fire screen in front of an open fire.

·         Chimneys and flues should be cleaned yearly.

For more safety tips visit: http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety.html

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