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Fire destroys house in the hills
A man was lucky to escape a fire which destroyed his Kalorama home last night (2 July).
CFA was called to the incident on Mountain View Road just before 8pm and found the house fully involved in fire.
Kalorama Fire Brigade Captain Terry Quarrell said more than 40 firefighters did everything they could to salvage the single storey house but, it was completely destroyed.
“Unfortunately there wasn’t a great deal we could do apart from protect exposures and do a quick search for the resident and at that stage we just needed to get a lot of resources up here and do what we could to suppress the fire,” he said.
Initially, there were fears for the welfare of the sole occupant, but he was found outside the rear of the property. He escaped with a minor cut to his arm and was taken to hospital for observation.
The fire was under control just before 8.45pm but crews remained on scene for some time undertaking suppression activities.
The cause of the fire is believed to have been the open fire place.
CFA crews on scene were from Kalorama, Montrose, Olinda and Mooroolbark. Police and Ambulance Victoria also attended.