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Crews pull woman and dog from burning unit in West Footscray

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19 Jan 2018
MFB firefighters rescued an unconscious woman from a burning unit in Barkly Street, West Footscray yesterday evening.

Firefighters provided vital emergency medical assistance, until Ambulance Victoria arrived on scene.

The woman sustained serious burns to approximately 40% of her body, and was later transported to hospital.

Initial firefighting crews arrived on scene in four and a half minutes.

In this time, a neighbour broke a window of the house in an attempt to assist the woman inside – unfortunately he sustained a severe laceration and was taken to hospital by family members.  

Crews also rescued a pet dog from the house, and located another in the backyard. The dog found in the yard had obtained minor injuries.

Approximately 25 firefighters and 8 attending appliances took 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  

An internal attack and quick work by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus ensured only a single bedroom was severely fire damaged with the remainder of the single storey unit affected by smoke and water.

Firefighters remained on scene to complete fire duties overnight, and MFB’s Specialist Fire Investigators are currently investigating the cause of the blaze. 

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