The Daily Telegraph reported of two separate house fires which occurred on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Both blazes were in suburban areas of Melbourne.

In one of the reported incidents, a man, aged 60, was killed.

According to the news, the man was staying at his neighbour’s inner-west residence because “his other two homes had burned down as a result of his habit of smoking in bed.”

This third house was that of his next-door neighbour’s – a middle aged lady who made her home available to him while he was looking for a new place to live. Unfortunately, her residence was destroyed by the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation by the authorities.

Shane Sutton, CFA operations officer, said that the man managed to escape from the Sibley Court bungalow. However, he returned to the burning house to save his hostess’ dog and was killed. The dog was later found unharmed.

The middle aged woman was able to flee the property by climbing through a bedroom window, although unfortunately was unable to save anything from her home.

The second incident occurred in Prahran. Fortunately, no one was killed.

The survivors, 2 young men, woke to find their ceiling had collapsed. Despite this, they were able to escape without sustaining significant injuries. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

MFB chief fire officer, Shane Wright, said:

“Every life lost is tragic and I urge all Victorians to take preventive action to prevent fires occurring in their homes in the first incidence and by knowing what to do if a fire does occur.”

“The cold winter months bring with them an increased risk of house fire and in the last 24 hours we have seen three significant house fires in Melbourne, one of them resulting in the loss of a man’s life,” he concluded.

He then stated that people can prevent house fires by doing some of the following:

  • Install a functional smoke alarm
  • Avoid smoking in bed
  • Never leave heaters, electric blankets, cooking, candles, and open fires unattended. Turn them off as well before going to bed or leaving your home
  • Keep clothing more than a metre away from heaters when drying them
  • Do regular checks of your flues, heaters, and chimneys
  • Draw up a fire escape plan and practice it

These tips all target the most common causes of house fires – faulty appliances or wiring, unattended cooking, open fires, the use of portable and fixed heaters, and smoking.

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