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Tradies rescue elderly woman from Bentleigh house fire

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16 Jul 2014
An elderly lady, in her late 80s, has been assisted from her burning Bentleigh home this morning by two concrete tradesmen working at the front of her property.

The tradesmen heard crackling, a smoke alarm operating, and on investigation saw smoke issuing from the rear of the Atkinson Street property.

Unable to enter the house due to heavy security, they banged on the door to alert the resident and assisted her safe evacuation.  They also attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden house.

The lady was transported for observation only.

MFB firefighters were on scene within minutes of receiving the call just before 8.30am and performed an extensive attack on the fire to stop the spread.

The fire took 25 minutes to bring under control and was confined to the kitchen and roof space of the single storey, brick veneer home.

The remainder of the property has been smoke affected.

The cause has been identified as suspicious and will be investigated by police.  MFB firefighters will continue to extinguish and perform fire duties until early afternoon.

This fire highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 7
NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 28

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