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Smoke alarm saves couple at Taylors Lakes fire

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20 Aug 2014
A smoke alarm is likely to have saved the lives of an elderly couple and their pets during a fire at their Taylors Lakes property this morning.

A smoke alarm is likely to have saved the lives of an elderly couple and their pets during a fire at their Taylors Lakes property this morning.

The pair, who are both in their 70s, were woken shortly before 6am at their Murchison Avenue home by the sound of the smoke alarm going off.

The man got up to investigate and found the back of the house was ablaze.

He immediately alerted his wife and after calling triple zero, the couple made their way to a neighbour’s house.

Fire crews from Taylors Lakes were dispatched to the fire and given the significant amount of black smoke they could see, requested further resources.

The single storey brick veneer property was extensively damaged with the rear of the property destroyed and the remainder affected by the heat and smoke.

However MFB crews, which included four pumpers, were able to safely rescue the couple’s pet dog and bird.

The fire took just over half an hour to bring under control and MFB investigators believe the cause was an electrical fault in an old radio located inside the house.

Paramedics assessed the distraught residents and apart from shock, they were uninjured.

MFB urges people to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly as they remain the best warning system for a fire in your home.

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

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
23

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