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18 Apr 2011
MFB firefighters arrived on scene to find the top floor unit well alight, and the location of the elderly occupant uncertain.

Date: April, 18, 2011 
Time: 11:05 hours     
Call Number: 8057

Address: Toorak Road, Toorak.

Wearing breathing apparatus MFB firefighters searched the premises for the occupant,  fortunately they were found safe.

Access and firefighting was made extremely difficult due to the large amount of materials stored in the unit.

It would appear that the occupant had hoarding tendencies and had restricted movement available within the unit.  Alternate accommodation and assistance has been organised.

MFB firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen/dining area, however significant smoke and water damage occurred to the remainder.  Commander Matheson was also pleased that the remainder of the units were successfully protected by the hard work of the crews on scene.

It was also of great concern to MFB firefighters that a working smoke alarm was not fitted. Had this fire occurred during the night the scenario could have been tragic.   An off duty MFB firefighter was in fact the first caller to raise the alarm and was able to give sufficient information to enable additional appliances to be despatched early.

The MFB Fire Investigators have advised that hotplates on the stove had been left on and had come into contact with combustibles causing the fire.

ONLY WORKING SMOKE ALARMS – SAVE LIVES


Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 8

Number of firefighters: 30


Officer in charge: Commander Col Matheson

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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