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Working smoke alarms aid in saving a life at a Yarraville home this morning .

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24 May 2012
Smoke alarms have again proven their worth with a woman in her 60’s managing to escape an early morning fire in her Yarraville home thanks to one of these inexpensive life-savers.

The fire started shortly after 1 am in a room near the rear of her single-storey weatherboard dwelling. The woman, the only occupant of the house, suffered smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed.

All of the rooms at the back of the house were extensively damaged but MFB crews managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to a neighbouring property.  The fire took 15 minutes to bring under control.

The damage bill has been estimated at $80,000 and the cause is currently under investigation.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Buninyong Street, Yarraville
Date: May 24, 2012 
Time: 01:14 hours     
Call Number: 8927

Attending Appliances:  
Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial Units: 1
Breathing Apparatus Support:1

Number of firefighters: 22

Officer in charge: Acting Commander Mark Riches

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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