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Woman escapes Mont Albert fire thanks to working smoke alarm

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12 Jul 2017
A working smoke alarm has alerted a woman to a fire in her Mont Albert home.

A neighbour spotted flames coming from the woman’s house and rushed to help but she had already made her way outside after the alarm began operating.

MFB firefighters were called to the blaze shortly after 7pm.

The house suffered extensive damage with the bedroom, where the fire started, burnt out.

Adjoining rooms were also damaged as well as the roof but the quick work of firefighters saved most of the owner’s personal belongings.

Crews also tried to save the woman’s pet cat but despite quickly finding the feline and providing it oxygen for 5 minutes it couldn’t be revived.

The cause of the fire is thought to be incense sticks that were left burning and unattended in a bedroom.

The damage bill has been estimated at $250,000.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 22

Under Victorian law every home MUST have at least one working smoke alarm on each level.  

Without working smoke alarms you are:

• 57% more likely to suffer property loss or damage
• 26% more likely to suffer serious injury
• Four times likely to die

Remember, only working smoke alarms save lives so ensure you clean and test yours regularly and replace the battery when required.

For more information about smoke alarms visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety/Smoke-Alarms.html

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

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