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Smoke alarm saves Breakwater family

  • Breakwater fire
  • Tanner Street fire

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  10.06 AM 28 November, 2012


Location: District 7 News

Views: 1794

A family in Breakwater has survived a house fire thanks to their working smoke alarms.

CFA was called to the house fire in Tanner Street at 7.45am and found the main bedroom on fire.

The fire was under control within 15 minutes and was contained to the bedroom but sadly a pet dog and cat were killed in the fire.

The mother and her two children woke to the smoke alarm and were able to escape safely.

The fire is currently being investigated but it's not suspicious.

Police and the Department of Human Services are assisting the family with accommodation.

CFA's District 7 Operations Officer Pat Geary said the family owes their lives to their working smoke alarm.

"Firefighters could have been arriving to a very tragic scene if this house didn't have smoke alarms," he said.

"This house fire reiterates the importance of having working smoke alarms - they save lives.

"It's very easy to maintain your smoke alarms - replace the battery once a year and test them once a month."

Five CFA trucks from Geelong and Belmont attended the fire.

Last Updated: 28 November 2012