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Firefighters rescue family pets from burning Seddon home

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18 Apr 2017
A family of four and their two pet dogs, Borris and Harry, were lucky to escape their burning Seddon home this morning.

Numerous calls were made to Triple Zero (000) just after 7:00 am, with reports that a child may have been trapped inside the house. Thankfully the young boy managed to get out of the burning home and was located safe in the back yard.

 
MFB firefighters arrived on scene in a matter of minutes, and wearing breathing apparatus, conducted a search of the premises following reports that a number of pets were still inside.

Thick, black acrid smoke issuing from the blaze made visibility poor and crews had to use a thermal imaging camera the locate the two pet dogs which were located at the rear of the property.

After rescuing the animals, firefighters administered oxygen to one of the dogs that was non-conscious and non-breathing and suffering smoke inhalation. Victoria Police organised urgent veterinary care for the two and both dogs were transported to a nearby vetinry clinic where they are thankfully doing well.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control and the single storey property has been severely damaged by the fire.

MFB firefighters will remain on scene for some time and specialist fire investigators will also attend to investigate the cause.

Ambulance Victoria were on scene and transported the family to hospital for further observation.

There were no working smoke alarms installed at the property. ONLY WORKING SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 8
NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS:  28

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