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04 Jul 2011
A family in Oakleigh East had a lucky escape afyer their 8-year-old son alerted them to a fire in heir home.

Date: July 2, 2011 
Time: 07:49 hours     
Call Number: 0419

Address: Princes Highway, Oakleigh East

A family in Oakleigh East had a lucky escape after their 8-year-old son alerted them to a fire in heir home.

MFB Commander Andrew O’Connell said the boy was up early doing some drawing when he noticed the fire starting in a store-room next to his upstairs bedroom.

“The boy smelled smoke and noticed the fire starting in the store room. He quickly alerted his family to get out of the house and call the fire brigade.”

Six MFB crews were called to the house fire on Princes Highway at 7.49am on Saturday morning.

Using Breathing Apparatus, firefighters were able to make an aggressive internal attack on the fire, containing it to the roof space and part of the young boy’s upstairs bedroom. The fire was brought under control in just under 15 minutes.

Commander O’Connell said that a smoke alarm didn’t operate as one wasn’t installed in the upstairs level of the home.

“If this young boy had have been asleep instead of being awake early, we may have had a very different outcome,” said Commander O’Connell.

“His quick actions certainly helped save the lives of his family members, and we will be looking to nominate him for an award for his quick thinking and bravery.

“This fire highlights the need to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, to give early warning of a fire starting. If you only have a smoke alarm on one level, by the time the smoke reaches there, it may be too late to escape.”

The fire was found to be caused by an electrical fault in the roof space of the home. Other parts of the home were damaged by smoke and water.

For advice about installation of smoke alarms, please visit: http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community-Safety/Home-Fire-Safety/Smoke-Alarms.html      

Officer in charge: Commander Andrew O’Connell

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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