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A working smoke alarm saves another life.

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26 Mar 2012
Smoke alarms have again proved to be a lifesaver when the inexpensive device alerted a sleeping man to a fire in his bedroom.

A candle he had left lit overnight at the end of his bed is believed to have started the fire that nearly claimed his life.  He woke to find his bedroom quickly filling with smoke and struggled to make his way outside.  The man, aged in his mid 30’s, suffered mild smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics but did not require hospitalisation. 

The fire took almost 30 minutes to bring under control with firefighters managing to contain the blaze to the bedroom and part of the roof.  The remainder of the single storey weatherboard house suffered both heat and smoke damage. 

Details of Fire/Incident

Address: Loongana Avenue, Glenroy

Date: March 26, 2012 
Time: 04:25 hours     
Call Number: 9532

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

Number of firefighters: 19

Officer in charge: Commander Mark O’Connor

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or


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