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Woman escapes unit fire in Greensborough

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28 Oct 2019
A woman in her nineties has escaped a fire which took hold of her home in Greensborough this evening.

Firefighters were called to the unit on Alexandra Street at 8:45pm after a neighbour called Triple Zero (000).

The house was fully alight with flames issuing from the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene just five minutes later.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly set about evacuating residents from the neighbouring units, and are currently working to stop the fire from spreading.

Crews are attacking the fire from three sides, and are using an aerial teleboom appliance to attack the blaze from above.

Quick work from crews ensured the fire was declared under control within 35 minutes after the first emergency call; however the roof of the single storey brick unit has collapsed.

Firefighters will remain on scene until the blaze has been completely extinguished, which may take some time.

At this stage it is not clear what caused the fire to begin, but investigations will commence as soon as the area has been made safe.

At the height of the fire there were five pumpers, a rescue unit, an aerial unit, and a command unit on scene.

Paramedics from Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police are on scene assisting MFB.

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