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Alarm saves Melton West family
A family of seven have their working smoke alarm to thank for saving their lives after a fire broke out in their house yesterday afternoon (25 April).
CFA was called to the structure fire just before 3.30pm and found the single storey brick dwelling well alight.
Melton Senior Station Officer Jayson Hirt said the family, including two young children, were alerted to the fire by their smoke alarm and managed to escape unharmed.
“Without a working smoke alarm in that house, we could have been arriving to a very different and potentially deadly scene,” he said.
“Let no one be in any doubt that working smoke alarms do save lives.”
The house was 70 percent destroyed and smoke damaged throughout.
The fire started in one of the children’s bedrooms and the cause is believed to be accidental.
Five CFA trucks and a Field Command Vehicle from Melton attended the incident along with a support vehicle from Sunbury.
More than 20 firefighters battled the blaze which was controlled within an hour.