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Elderly couple evacuated from Richmond house fire

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28 Aug 2014
An elderly couple were rescued from their burning home in Richmond on Wednesday afternoon.

The  single storey weather board house on Hunter Street was severely damaged by fire.

Multiple calls from the public were received and the first crews arrived on scene about 4pm to find the dwelling fully involved in fire.

It was reported that the two elderly residents were evacuated with the assistance of two police members and an off duty fire fighter.  They were then placed into the care of Ambulance Victoria. 

A neighbour who was attempting to fight the fire was injured from a fall and required transport to hospital.

An adjoining house was scorched and there was a risk of the fire spreading.

A community warning was issued to the surrounding area due to the smoke from the fire.

Asbestos was suspected to be present and precautions have been taken to protect the public and fire crews.

The damage bill is yet to be estimated. The cause will be investigated by the MFB fire investigation unit.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 29

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