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Firefighters rescue unconscious woman from apartment fire.

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25 Aug 2012
Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm at the Malvern Village Apartments rescued the woman aged in her 20’s from her smoke filled unit.

She had apparently left food cooking on the stove when she went to bed and was found unconscious and barely breathing when fire crews broke through her locked door. 

She received treatment at the scene by ambulance paramedics and had regained consciousness just before being transported to the Alfred hospital for further treatment and observation.  Her latest condition is reported as “Stable” and she should have no lasting effects from the ingested smoke. 

Smoke also filled passageways outside her apartment necessitating the evacuation of up to 100 residents from the multi-level apartment building.   Crews took almost an hour to remove all the smoke and make it safe for residents to return inside.

This year’s Winter Home Fire Safety Campaign being run by both the MFB and CFA has highlighted unattended cooking as the biggest cause of home fires.  This fire has also confirmed another message that SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES.

 

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