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Elderly couple escape house fire despite not working smoke alarms

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25 Sep 2016
Firefighters have saved the front of a St Albans home after fire destroyed the rear of the property overnight.

An elderly couple was evacuated from their burning St Albans home early this morning.

Firefighers were called to Oberon Avenue at 4.19am.

The fire has engulfed the rear of the single storey weatherboard house, measuring 7 by 10 metres.

Crews aggressively attacked the blaze, wearing breathing apparatus, an were able to contain the fire to the rear of the home, saving the front of the house.

Firefighters conducted a primary search of the house to ensure that here were no occupants trapped in the home. They also used the services on an on scene interpreter to speak to the occupant to confirm this

Two elderly occupants self evacuated prior to the arrival of the MFB. No working smoke alarms were installed.

The fire was deemed under control in 10 minutes.

Fie investigated will attend at the first light to determine the cause.

Damage to the premises is estimated to be $100,000

Police and ambulance also attended the incident

 

Attending appliances: 7

Number of firefighters: 22


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