Candle sparks blaze in St Albans

FRV was quick to the scene of a fire in St Albans this evening, which is believed to have been caused by a candle.

Monday, 7 September 2020 at 12:53 pm

Crews arrived just three minutes after the first of multiple triple zero (000) calls reporting a fire on Albert Street at around 9pm.

A fire quickly took hold of a 10m x 5m brick bungalow at the rear of a property.

Almost 30 firefighters attended the scene. Wearing breathing apparatus for protection from the smoke, crews attacked the fire from inside and outside the building to contain it.

Their efforts ensured the blaze was brought under control within 12 minutes; however the bungalow sustained severe internal damage.

Thankfully the occupants evacuated prior to emergency services arriving. One occupant was treated by Ambulance Victoria at the scene.

At the height of the incident there were seven appliances on scene, including a rescue and aerial unit.

Firefighters believe the blaze was caused by a candle.

Tips for safe use of open flames:

  • The use of open flames should always be supervised.
  • Always extinguish cigarettes, candles, and incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep curtains and other flammable materials away from open flames at all times.
  • Ensure children and animals are a safe distance from candles, incense and oil burners.
  • Only use candles, incense, and oil burners on stable non-flammable surfaces.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of reach of children.
  • Smokers should use heavy high-sided ashtrays and always fully extinguish cigarettes.
  • Never discard cigarette butts off your balcony at any time even if they are extinguished.