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Spate of house fires
At least five Victorian families are confronting the devastating and tragic effects of a house fire following a spate of incidents overnight.
Fires have destroyed homes at Marengo (near Apollo Bay), Carrum Downs, Meeniyan (South Gippsland) and Nullawil (Mallee) and damaged houses at Hazeldene (near Flowerdale), Drouin, Bacchus Marsh, and Nhill (Wimmera).
CFA State Duty Officer and Operations Manager Rohan Luke said the overnight incidents are the latest in a string of serious fires, including some with fatal consequences.
“The effects of these fires on the families involved is devastating. The loss of irreplaceable possessions and memories pales in comparison to the tragedy of losing a loved one,” Mr Luke said.
He stressed the importance of having a working smoke alarm.
“By the time a house fire is called into Triple Zero it may already be too late for residents to escape. The best way to survive a fire in the home is to be alerted at the earliest opportunity by a working smoke alarm.”
- Armstrong Road, Meeniyan
An elderly man remains unaccounted for following a fire around Meeniyan around 11:15 last night.
The home was fully involved in fire when crews from Dumbalk, Fish Creek, Koonwarra and Meeniyan arrived.
Victoria Police Arson and Explosive Squad Detectives are investigating.
- Ferrier Drive, Merengo
By the time crews were alerted by the residents who had just returned home around 8.30pm, the house was already engulfed in flames.
While the weatherboard house was completely destroyed, good work by crews from Apollo Bay stopped the fire from spreading to neighbouring homes.
- Baxter Street, Nullawil
A father and his two children have escaped a fire which started in the blocked flue of their wood heater at Nullwali around 7.30 last night.
The fire spread to the roof and the home was well alight when crews from Dumosa, Wycheproof and Nullawil arrived and the house could not be saved.
- Carrum Downs
An abandoned house was razed by fire at Carrum Downs despite the good work by CFA crews from Carrum Downs and Patterson River.
The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Crews were also called to chimney fires at Drouin, Bacchus Marsh and Hazeldene and a fire in an exhaust fan at Nhill.
Over the past two weeks (27/07 to 10/08/14), CFA crews have been called to 84 residential fires including a fatal incident at Noble Park on Sunday.
Follow up story: Good samaritan saves couple
Prevent a fire in your home
Heaters, chimneys, electric blankets and clothes dryers can become a fire risk, particularly if they have been sitting unused for a period of time.
- Book a licensed gas-fitter to check your gas heater
- Check chimneys, flues and fire boxes for cracks, rust and debris
- Check electric blankets for kinks in the wiring
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer (and continue to do this after every use)
- Check appliances for visibly frayed or damaged wiring
- Complete the Home Fire Safety Checklist to see if you’ve done everything you can to protect you and your family.
- Launch the Hotspot House to see how to keep your home safe
Visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/homefireto find out more.