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Neighbour rescues elderly man from Kew unit fire

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04 Jun 2015
Additional trucks were called to assist battle a large house fire in Kew overnight.

The fire started about 10pm in Station Street, Kew East.

A neighbour returning home noticed smoke issuing from the unit next door. He alerted the male resident (in his 60s) and assisted him from his burning home.  Suffering smoke inhalation, the occupant was transported to hospital by ambulance.

MFB firefighters were quickly on scene and found the single storey, detached brick veneer unit (10x15m) well involved in fire. Conducting a search firefighters confirmed that no-one was still inside.

The property had a large fire load due to the contents and storage within the unit.

Emitting large amounts of smoke, a community warning was issued. The fire was deep seated and took an hour to bring under control.

MFB firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to continue to extinguish and conduct fire duties.

Investigations into the cause of the fire will be undertaken in the morning by MFB Fire Investigators.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 9

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 32

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