Lamp starts fire after falling onto children’s bed

ACT Fire & Rescue were called out to a house in Barton after a lamp had fallen onto a bed where children were sleeping and caused a fire. 

ESA was alerted of the fire on Bourke Street at about 2.40am and the ESA Communication Centre call-taker advised the caller to evacuate the unit and close the door.

Three adults and three children safely evacuated the unit and awaited emergency services on scene.

Firefighters extinguished the mattress and atmospheric monitoring and air ventilation operations were conducted.

No injuries have been reported.

ACT Fire & Rescue reminds the community to ensure all electrical appliances are safely positioned away from sleeping areas.

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