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Elderly man hospitalised after Hampton East house fire

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20 May 2017
An elderly man has been taken to hospital after a fire in Hampton East.

Crews were on scene within 4 minutes of Triple Zero receiving a call just before 6.30pm for a house fire on Wickham Road.
On arrival they found the house totally involved in fire and were concerned for the welfare of the occupant.
The single storey brick property had a very high fire load within, which would have contributed to the speed at which the fire spread.
The elderly occupant was found outside with some superficial burns to his face and some possible smoke inhalation.  He was transported to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.  
It is unsure whether there was a working smoke alarm to give the occupant an early warning of the fire.  
This comes as a timely reminder to replace batteries in smoke alarms.
The fire was brought under control in 44 minutes.
Due to the high fire load within the house, the ferocity of the fire, and roof collapsing , it was too dangerous to attack the fire internally so a Teleboom was utilised to attack the fire from above while firefighters in breathing apparatus controlled the fire from externally.
Crews will be on scene for some time, probably overnight, to totally extinguish the fire and determine a cause.
Pumpers:​​ 5
Rescue Units:​​ 1
Aerial units:​​ 1
Other units:​​ 1

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