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Sleeping woman rescued from West Footscray fire

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03 Jul 2017
A West Footscray woman and her five pet kittens had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in their home last night.

It's believed a pot left unattended on the stove sparked the blaze about 9.30pm.

Firefighters arrived at the Barkly Street unit to find smoke issuing and the smoke alarm operating.

They forced entry to the home and found a middle aged woman asleep in bed.

Crews evacuated the woman and her five pet kittens to safety.

The woman was treated on scene by paramedics.

Kitchen safety tips:

- Keep stove top, griller, oven, range hood and cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.

-       Never leave cooking unattended.

-       Keep combustibles such as tea towels and paper towels away from cooking and heat sources.

 

-       Ensure kitchen appliances are clean and in good working order

Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of the house, between each bedroom area and the rest of the house and inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed.

For more information, visit http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety/Smoke-Alarms.html

 

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