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TV fire forces 30 residents to evacuate St Kilda apartment complex

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12 May 2014
Thirty residents were evacuated and six treated for smoke inhalation after a unit fire early this morning.

A couple aged in their late 20s reported hearing a loud bang before seeing smoke and flames coming from their television set.  They quickly fled as thick smoke filled their Barkly Street apartment.

Although the fire was confined to the one unit, all three levels in the apartment complex soon became heavily smoke logged – especially the six units that adjoined the stairwell nearest the fire.

Fortunately, every unit has a smoke alarm fitted and many residents had already evacuated when fire crews arrived. 

The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished by 4am.

MFB crews remained on scene to assist with ventilating the worst affected units.  Due to smoke damage, six units were no longer habitable and those residents have had to seek alternative accommodation. 

Ambulance crews attended to approximately 30 residents and treated six for varying degrees of smoke inhalation.  Two were later transported to the Alfred Hospital for observation.

The damage bill has been estimated at $50,000.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  3

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS
12

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