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Smoke alarm saves Rowville family

Monday, 17 September 2012

A Rowville family was lucky to escape after their double-storey home was destroyed in a blaze this morning.

The family of five was woken by smoke alarms and made it out of their Westminster Drive home about 3.40am.

About eight CFA trucks from Rowville, Dandenong, Scoresby and Bayswater attended the fire and crews took about one hour to get the flames under control.

CFA Operations Officer Mark Kennedy said the cause of the fire was not yet known but it was thought the blaze started on the second floor.

He said there was an initial concern that a family member was still inside but it was later established their daughter was staying at a friend's house at the time of the fire.

"The residents were awoken to the fire by smoke detectors and they were able to get everyone out of the home," Mr Kennedy said.

"They still believed their daughter was still inside in the back room."

He said some firefighters entered the fiery home to search for the missing girl but were forced back by the intensity of the heat.

One firefighter was injured in the blaze and received treatment by paramedics at the scene.

Fire investigators are still working to understand what caused the blaze but it is believed not to be suspicious.

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