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Working smoke alarm saves father and son
A father and his son have safely escaped their burning home in Eganstown overnight thanks to a working smoke alarm.
Nine CFA crews were called to a historical miner’s cottage on Old Main Road at about 2.30am to find the house fully involved.
D15 RDO Gavin Hope said more than 40 firefighters battled the blaze which took about 50 minutes to bring under control.
“Thankfully the man and his son had already escaped the house after being woken by their smoke alarm,” Mr Hope said.
“We believe the fire may have been started by a log which rolled out of a free-standing fire place,” he said.
“I want to stress the importance of having a working smoke alarm – in this case it saved this family’s life.”
The old single-story weather board house was completely destroyed by the fire.
CFA Fire Investigators are attending the scene this morning.