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Man rescues dog from house fire in West Footscray

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03 Nov 2014
The value of having a working smoke alarm has again proven itself when a couple in their 20s were saved from a fire in their West Footscray home.

The pair, who live on Stanhope Street, was fast asleep until the loud shrill of the alarm woke them about 12.30am.  

The first of several MFB crews arrived on scene in just over five minutes, but by then the single-storey weatherboard dwelling was well alight.  Quick work by firefighters contained the blaze to the lounge and kitchen areas with the remainder of the house only affected by heat, smoke and water.

One of the residents suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his shoulder after going back into the fire to retrieve his dog Diesel.  He was attended to by ambulance paramedics before being transported to hospital for further treatment.
 
The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control with the cause still under investigation.  The repair bill has been estimated at $150,000.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 1
NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
23

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