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Blaze breaks out at Shepparton apartment complex

Firefighters were yesterday called to a blaze that broke out in an apartment complex at Vaughan St, Shepparton.

ASHLEIGH WILLIAMSON February 18, 2013 4:35am

Firefighters inspect the apartment that was affected by fire.


Furniture under a cramped carport started a fire at a Shepparton apartment on Saturday afternoon.

Country Fire Authority District 22 duty officer Trevor Logan said firefighters were called to the Vaughan St home about 4pm.

Mr Logan said the members arrived to find black smoke in the ceiling of the carport and fire spreading to the wall cavity of the apartment. He said firefighters used breathing apparatus and were able to control the fire in about 15 minutes.

‘‘Anything involving furniture in an enclosed area, even under a carport, we use breathing apparatus,’’ he said.

Mr Logan said the family living in the apartment was not injured.

He said the fire damaged the carport’s ceiling and wall and burned electrical wiring in the wall.

The apartment is one of nine on the eastern side of Vaughan St, near Shepparton Railway Station.

Mr Logan said children were playing near the carport when the fire started.

The cause of how the furniture caught fire is being investigated.

Two Shepparton CFA crews and one from Mooroopna attended.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a maximum temperature of 33.3°C for Shepparton on Saturday — the sixth straight 30°C-plus day for the town.

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