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Sadleir caravan fire

Published: 24th October 2008

Firefighters from Busby, Bonnyrigg Heights, the rescue crew from Liverpool and the Duty Commander responded to the fire in a caravan in the early hours of this morning in Insignia Street, Sadleir. Fire crews arrived on scene within seven minutes and found a caravan totally engulfed in fire in the backyard of a home. Neighbours reported there was a teenage girl still inside the caravan, however despite the best efforts of firefighters they were unable save the girl due to the intensity of the fire. The Fire Investigation and Research Unit (FIRU) found the probable cause of the fire to be clothing that was placed too close to a heater. This tragic fire highlights the need to remind the community of the importance of having smoke alarms in any location where people sleep.