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Air conditioner fire warning

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  12.11 PM 9 March, 2013

Location: District 14 News

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A house fire at Werribee last night prompted firefighters to remind residents of the dangers of leaving appliances unattended.

Firefighters were called to the Bulban Road home about 8pm last night. The two storey house was well alight when crews arrived and fire was spreading to the roof.

Fire crews from Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham Vale and Corio brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes and remained on scene until after 10.30pm putting our hotspots and mopping up.

Fire damaged about one third of the second storey, spread through bedrooms and the roof. Fire investigators attended and found the cause was likely to be appliances left on unattended.

District 14 RDO Lachlan Redman said it was lucky no one was home at the time, but showed how important it was to ensure all electrical appliances were switched off when unattended.

“With the hot weather continuing into next week, residents need to be aware of the risks associated with electrical appliances in the home. Fans and air conditioners should never be left on unattended or when no one is home.”

Mr Redman said there had been a number of house fires in the district in recent weeks that had been a result of fans and air conditioners left on when no one was home.

Last Updated: 12 March 2013