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Fireys rescue woman and cat from Brunswick East fire

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21 Jun 2017
A woman and her pet cat have been rescued from a factory fire in Brunswick East this afternoon.

Crews were called to the factory on the corner of Inverness and Albion streets just after midday.

On arrival they found a man outside the factory, concerned about his partner who was trapped inside.

An MFB firefighter rescued the woman and carried her to safety, where she was treated by Ambulance Victoria.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire in under 30 minutes.

The incident occurred in a factory that was being cleared and prepared for sale. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to ensure the fire had not spread.

The cause is believed to be accidental, with a heater falling off a wall and onto a couch, igniting the fire before spreading to nearby combustible items.

About an hour after the fire started, MFB crews found the couple’s cat Babu in the property. The cat is safe and well and has been returned to his happy owners.

Six appliances, with approximately 25 firefighters, attended the incident, with assistance from the Rehab Unit and Breathing Support.

With winter well and truly here MFB urges anyone using a heater to ensure flammable items are kept at a safe distance of one metre.

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