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Alert neighbour saves person from Heidelberg house fire

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22 Sep 2011
A passing driver and a neighbour act swiftly to save hearing impaired person from house blaze

St James Road, Heidelberg

Numerous calls were received for a fire at the above address after a passing motorist saw smoke coming from the rear of a house. Believing it was the house next door burning off the driver stopped to complain, but when they realised the fire was in fact in the home of the hearing impaired neighbour called firefighters to manage the situation.

On arrival, firefighters were confronted with an extensive fire in the rear of the premises with flames through the roof area.

Approximately 50% of the rear of the double fronted, single storey brick house has been severely damaged by fire.

The remainder of the premises has been damaged by heat and smoke.

The partially hearing impaired occupant who was asleep in a front room, was woken by the neighbour and left the house..

The occupant escaped uninjured from the premises thanks to the efforts of the neighbours.

Under control in 25 minutes.

Breathing apparatus was used.

MFB Fire Investigation Unit say the fire started because of an electrical fault..

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