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Firefighters rescue woman from unit fire in St Kilda East

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29 Oct 2019
MFB firefighters have pulled a woman from the upper level of a unit which caught alight on Balaclava Road, St Kilda East.

Several callers to Triple Zero (000) cited flames issuing from the premises and the sounds of windows breaking.

Crews were deployed just after 1pm and arrived on scene within just seven minutes to find flames issuing from the windows of the upper level of an apartment block.

Donning breathing apparatus for protection from the smoke, two crews of firefighters entered the top level of the building to retrieve the man, while another crew searched the first level for any occupants – thankfully there was no one else found inside.

The woman firefighters rescued is now in the care of Paramedics from Ambulance Victoria. 

There is a lot of smoke in the area, and MFB has issued a community advice message calling for residents to avoid the immediate area.

At this stage, it is not known what caused the fire to start. The cause will be investigated once the scene has been made safe.

MFB is being assisted at the scene by Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.

MFB responded were seven firefighting appliances, including one rescue and one aerial unit, in addition to Command and support units.

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