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Killing cockroaches with aerosol spray starts house fire.

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27 Jun 2011
An elderly lady has had a lucky escape, after she was rescued by Ambulance Officers from a burning house.

Date: June 26, 2011 
Time: 22:25 hours     
Call Number: 8699

Address: Gordon Street, Coburg

The lady was using an aerosol spray to kill cockroaches when the spray came in contact with a heater which started the fire.

Ambulance Victoria had received a call from the elderly ladies son stating that she had fallen over. On arrival by Ambulance Victoria, they discovered that the rear section of the house was on fire and kicked in the rear door and dragged the woman out from the hallway.

The kitchen area and roof timbers above have been severely damaged by fire while the remainder of the house has been damaged by heat, smoke and water.

Smoke alarms were fitted to the premises.     


Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 3
Rescue Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 14

Officer in charge: Commander Will Glenn

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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