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Son saves elderly mother from Altona Meadows house fire

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05 May 2014
A man has saved his elderly mother from their burning home in Altona Meadows this morning.

Fire crews from Altona and Laverton stations were called to the Victoria Street single-storey property at 8am.

On arrival they found a fire in the kitchen caused by unattended food left cooking on the stove.

It appears the man was cooking breakfast and walked away from the stove, where the fat caught fire before spreading to the bench top.

The elderly woman, aged in her 70s, was in her bedroom at the time and her son quickly evacuated her from the home before calling triple zero.

Firefighters contained the fire to the stove top and ventilated the property, which was smoked logged.

The woman was treated by Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police also attended.

There was no working smoke alarm in the home.

This is a timely reminder for all to ensure you have a working smoke alarm and never leave your cooking unattended.

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