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Lysterfield House Fire

A smoke alarm is being credited with saving the lives of three people at a Lysterfield home destroyed by fire early this morning (April 7th 2015).

CFA crews from Ferntree Gully, Rowville and Upper Ferntree Gully were called to the Rathgar Rd property just before 3am and found the single-storey, brick veneer house engulfed in flames.

Three people had fled the property before fire crews arrived at the scene and did not need medical attention.

Ferntree Gully CFA’s Facebook posted today: “ ... fortunately the occupants had working smoke alarms and were alerted in time to escape the house ...”.

CFA spokeswoman Angela Cook said the fire started in garage before spreading through the entire house.

Ms Cook said it took around 50 firefighters one hour to control the blaze.

She said the house had also partially collapsed from the structural damage caused by the flames.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

For the past 15 years, CFA has run a campaign to encourage Victorians to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks at the end of daylight saving.

There are over 3000 house fires in Victoria each year.

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