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Family escapes house fire
A family of three escaped uninjured after their Corio home was significantly damaged by fire last night.
CFA was called to the Kosciusko Avenue house about 8.20pm last night and the house was fully involved.
District 7 Rostered Duty Officer Mick McGuinness said a bedroom door had been opened and was found to be filled with thick black smoke.
“The fire immediately ignited, it had obviously been smouldering during the day and with an injection of oxygen the room ignited within a minute,” he said.
The son and his parents escaped the burning house uninjured, but paramedics attended to check them.
It took more than 16 firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. The back half of the house, including the roof, was completely destroyed by fire and the front half was damaged by smoke and heat.
The cause of the fire was found to be an electric blanket that had been left on.
Mr McGuinness said electric blankets were renowned for causing house fires.
“People need to be vigilant with any heating device and switch it off when they’re not at home. When an electric blanket is on, don’t put anything on the bed including doona covers. They should really only be switched on a few minutes before going to bed,” he said.
Four crews from Corio and Geelong attended.