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Hoppers Xing fire timely reminder
UPDATE, 2.30pm: It is believed an electric blanket was the cause of a fire that significantly damaged a Hoppers Crossing house last night (18 June), but due to the extensive damage to the property this could not be confirmed.
Firefighters were called to the Loire Close property about 10.20pm after fire broke out in the back of the property and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
District 14 RDO John Anderson said about three quarters of the single storey house was damaged.
“We haven’t confirmed there was a working smoke alarm in the house, but the residents called the fire brigade. It certainly is a timely reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms and a fire plan,” he said.
"As part of their fire plan, residents need to factor in that most cordless phones don’t work when there is no power. This makes it extremely difficult to contact emergency services so they should always plan for what to do if there is no power in the house such as ensuring mobile phones are always charged or planning with a neighbour to use their phone.
"CFA recommends residents regularly check electric blankets for broken and worn wiring. It is important to ensure electric blankets are always flat when being used and the controls are at the side of the bed.
"Household electrical appliances should always be
"Household electrical appliances should always bein good working order and replaced if damaged. To keep your home as safe from fire as possible we also recommend people avoid using double adaptors and turn off all electrical appliances at the power point when not in use."
It took about 25 minutes to control the fire and firefighters remained on scene until about 1am.
Crews from Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Werribee and the Corio breathing apparatus support vehicle attended.