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Girl charged with intentionally starting a bushfire after Melbourne blaze damaged home-NewsCO

January 6, 2018

A teenage girl has been charged after a bushfire damaged one home and threatened dozens more in Melbourne’s southeast.

More than 300 firefighters worked to contain the blaze on Saturday, with 50 fire appliances in attendance.

The 15-year-old girl has been charged with intentionally starting a bushfire after the blaze badly damaged a family home in Carrum Downs and put the street of Darnley Drive at risk on Saturday.

The teenager has been bailed to appear before a children’s court at a later date, Victoria Police said in a statement on Sunday.

The fire started just after 3pm on Saturday, a day that authorities had declared a total fire ban as temperatures across the state soared above 40C.

It was declared under control before 9pm.

The fire in dense scrubland damaged the Darnley Drive home when embers got into an evaporative air conditioning unit.

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