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CFA firefighters responded to a structure fire in Doreen at around 1.30pm on 2 January.


CFA firefighters from Doreen Fire Brigade, Mernda and Eltham attended the Angus Way property with support from Fire Rescue Victoria Pumper 81 and Pumper 11.
First on scene, the Doreen pumper tanker crew located the fire in the bedroom of the single-storey home.
An aggressive attack on the fire was mounted including two lines of hose and two specialised breathing apparatus teams. 
Mindful of the risks and keeping everyone safe, Doreen Fire Brigade Captain Robert Bury said the electrical fuse was removed by a specially-trained team member using the new low voltage fuse removal kit which was recently added to the pumper tanker's equipment.
CFA crews also used a thermal imaging camera and gas detector to monitor hazardous atmospheres.
“No one was injured and the young resident did the right thing closing the door to the bedroom while also alerting the fire brigade by calling Triple Zero,” Doreen Fire Brigade Captain Robert Bury said.

Crews worked exceptionally well together from the initial attack to overhaul.

The cause of the fire was initially thought to have been an overloaded power board, but it was later established that the likely cause was a faulty electrical blanket.

The incident was soon deemed under control.


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Submitted by Robert Bury