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Busy afternoon for Geelong crews
Firefighters have battled two house fires in quick succession in Geelong's north this afternoon (Thursday 9 October).
Crews were called to a fire in the bedroom of a weatherboard house at Osborne Avenue, North Geelong just before 1pm.
Three trucks from Corio and Geelong City attended and firefighters' quick action ensured the fire was confined to the room. However, the home sustained significant smoke damage. Sadly, a pet dog didn't survive.
Investigators have determined the cause wasn't suspicious.
Shortly after bringing the incident under control, crews were diverted to a second blaze at a house at nearby Fairbairn Drive, Corio. They were joined by two trucks from Lara at the scene.
The rear of the house was engulfed in flames when trucks arrived on scene at 1.30pm. A mother and her three children escaped the burning house uninjured.
After an aggressive 20-minute internal firefight, firefighters in breathing apparatus brought the fire under control.
The house has been destroyed. Investigators are on scene, but early indications suggest the cause is not suspicious.
Operations Officer Mark Sinkinson said despite the approaching bushfire season, today's incidents were a reminder that home fires can happen any time of the day or night and any time of the year.
"Many people don't realise, on average, more Victorians die in house fires in Victoria than bushfires. Thankfully, the good work of firefighters and the quick actions of the residents involved has averted a tragedy." Mr Sinkinson said.