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Mum and baby escape Cheltenham unit fire

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09 May 2014
A mother and her six month old infant fleed a burning unit in Cheltenham this afternoon.

The fire involved a unit located on the second floor of a three storey apartment complex.

Crews were called to the Garfield Street home in Cheltenham at 1.15pm.

The fire started in a bedroom with a mother and her six-month-old child at home at the time.

The mother was alerted to the fire by the activation of a smoke alarm that sounded throughout the complex and alerted all residents within the apartment block.

The mother and her infant were able to escape safely and were not injured.

The fire burnt out the bedroom but was prevented from spreading further by the quick work of responding crews.

Damage has been estimated at $30,000 and fire investigators are in attendance to determine the cause. 

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Rescue Units:  1
Aerial units:  2
Other units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
26

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