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Smoke alarm alerts elderly couple to Doncaster house fire

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12 May 2014
A couple in their Late 70s escaped safely from a fire in their home on Saturday when they were woken by a working smoke alarm.

A neighbour heard the noises associated with the fire about 4.30am on Saturday 10 May and alerted the fire brigade.

Fire crews raced to the Kelly Street home in Doncaster.

The couple was not able use their phone, which was a cordless and relied on mains power to work.  The power had failed due to the fire.

The fire was quickly brought under control in less than ten minutes by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

The fire was confined to a small area within the living area of the house.

The house was filled with smoke and damage is estimated to be in excess of $80,000.

Ambulance attended as a precaution and checked the residents.

There were no reports of any injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Home fire safety information for the elderly is readily available from the fire brigade or on our website.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  4
Aerial units:  1
Other units:  1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
18

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