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Neighbours save elderly resident from her burning home

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26 Oct 2013
An elderly woman has had a lucky escape from her burning home in Ardeer.

The 90-year-old lady was unaware of the fire burning inside her McLaughlin Street house when neighbours knocked at her door and shouted for her to get out just before 2pm on Saturday 26 October.

Within minutes of being helped outside, her house was full of smoke making any escape at that time almost impossible.

The blaze had started in the toilet/bathroom area and although a smoke alarm was fitted and working, it was located at the other end of the house and a closed door in-between prevented the alarm sensing the smoke.  

Though otherwise unharmed, the elderly resident suffered considerable shock from her ordeal and was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics.

The fire took just over half an hour to bring under control and resulted in a repair bill estimated at $40,000.  The cause was found to be due to an electrical fault in a ceiling fan.

Five appliances and 18 firefighters attended the incident.

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