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Lucky Escape for Blackburn Resident

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31 May 2012
House fire in Eley Road, Blackburn

A man, in his early 20’s, has had a lucky escape from his burning home this afternoon.  Asleep at the time, he awoke to find the room fully involved in fire. 

 

Throwing a chair through the window he escaped from the single storey weatherboard dwelling. He was treated on scene by paramedics for singed hair and minor cuts.  Another passerby, who assisted at the scene, was reportedly checked for smoke inhalation.

 

On scene within minutes of receiving the report, MFB firefighters found the house totally involved in fire.  The fire took 20 minutes to bring under control; however, the house has been destroyed.  The 4 student residents are seeking alternate accommodation.

 

No working smoke alarms were fitted in the premises.  Had this fire occurred during the night, with 4 sleeping occupants, the scenario could have been very serious, if not fatal.  This fire should come as a reminder to all, to check and maintain working smoke alarms in their home.

 

MFB Fire Investigators are attending the fire to determine the cause which appears to have started in the roof.

‘ONLY WORKING SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES’

 

Attending Appliances: 7  
Number of firefighters: 25

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