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Squatters rescued from South Melbourne blaze

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05 Nov 2012
A pregnant teenager was among four squatters rescued from a fire in South Melbourne this morning.

Fire crews were called to the scene at Whiteman Street, South Melbourne, at 5:40am.

The building, a disused factory, was completey smoke-logged with thick, acrid smoke coming out of the windows.

When firefighters arrived squatters were hanging out of the windows trying to get fresh air.

The first two trucks on scene focused their efforts on rescuing the squatters, using two nine-metre ladders.

All were treated on scene by Ambulance Victoria for smoke inhalation.

Once more firefighters arrived on scene, two teams in Breathing Apparatus commenced a search of the building for other squatters, none were found.

The fire itself did not take long to get under control.

A firefighter suffered a cut finger during the rescue and was transported to The Alfred to have stitches.
The cause of the fire in the disused building has not yet been determined.  Damage is estimated to be approximately $10,000

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