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Carnegie couple rescued from balcony after apartment blaze

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10 Apr 2013
Two people had to be rescued from their Carnegie balcony after a fire at a neighbouring unit this morning.

Firefighters were called to the apartment block in Poplar Grove, Carnegie, at 2.52pm.

A man in his thirties self-evacuated his second storey burning unit. Suffering smoke inhalation, he was treated on scene by paramedics and shortly after transported to hospital.

MFB firefighters arrived to also find a man and woman trapped by fire and smoke on the balcony of the adjoining unit.  A ladder was used to rescue the couple. They were uninjured.

Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters searched the burning premises to confirm that all occupants were accounted for. The remainder of the 14 unit block were evacuated safely.

Whilst other units have sustained smoke logging and some water damage, Commander Marcus Baker commended the efforts of firefighters in successfully stopping the fire from spreading into adjoining units.

The fire took 50 minutes to bring under control, with seven unit and approximately 25 firefighters on scene.

It is believed that the fire has started from a portable heater coming into contact with bedding materials.

It is a timely reminder, as the nights become cooler, that all care is taken when using portable heaters.

The MFB ask that heaters are never left unattended by adults or left on when sleeping.  Ensure that they are correctly installed and maintained (to the manufacturers specifications) and that all combustibles, like clothing and linen are kept at least one metre from the appliance.

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