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Narre Warren family escapes fire
A mother and her three young children are lucky to be alive after waking to their house on fire early this morning (30 Nov).
CFA was called to the two-storey brick house in Lake View Drive, Narre Warren South, just before 5.00am.
The mother woke to the smell of smoke and raised the alarm. The fire started in the roof and the top storey of the house was well alight when crews arrived on scene.
The three young children were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by Ambulance Victoria.
The fire was contained within 15 minutes but the top storey of the house received significant damage.
Fire investigators determined the cause to be the evaporative cooling unit.
District 8 Operations Officer Sean Kerr said the cause of that fire was a timely reminder to people to get their air conditioning units serviced regularly.
"Especially as we're coming into summer, those appliances will be getting a heavy workout so you need to get them checked for your own safety and the safety of your family," he said.
Four CFA trucks and around 20 firefighters from Narre Warren, Hallam and Frankston attended the incident.