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Elderly man rescued from fire in Avondale Heights

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10 Sep 2018
Firefighters have rescued an elderly gentleman from a home which caught alight at Avondale Heights, just after 4pm this afternoon.

The first crews from Keilor Fire Station arrived to the home on Brentwood Drive and were met with thick black smoke and flames coming from the single storey home.

Donning breathing apparatus, the crews quickly made their way inside the burning building to search for the man.

Crews were able to rescue the man and bring him to safety before he was placed into the care of Ambulance Victoria paramedics at the scene.

Approximately 20 firefighters attacked the blaze aggressively and were able to bring it under control in less than half an hour.

Quick work by crews ensured the fire damage was contained to one bedroom and did not extend to the roof space where it could have quickly spread to adjoining properties.

Unfortunately some smoke logging has occurred through the property.

At the height of the blaze there were 7 MFB appliances on scene. Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria paramedics and utilities companies are assisting MFB at the premises.

At this stage it is not yet known how the fire began, but MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit will attend the home to conduct further analysis.

For tips on things to do around the home to prevent a fire, download the Home Fire Safety Booklet, visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community

Home fire safety tips:

  • Only working smoke alarms save lives.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Get out, stay out and call 000 (triple zero).
  • Plan and practice your home fire escape plan with your family.
  • Ensure all electrical appliances are kept in good working order and replace if damaged.
  • Extinguish cigarettes, candles, and incense and oil burners before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Most fatal fires occur in the home and are preventable.

Tips for staying fire safe in the bedroom:

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Keep electrical appliances like hairdryers, hair straighteners, laptops and mobile phones away from bedding.
  • Turn electric blankets on 30 minutes before bed and turn off once you’re in bed.
  • Keep electric blankets flat with controls at the side of the bed. Regularly check for broken and worn wiring.
  • Remember to install an extra smoke alarm in every bedroom where the door is closed when sleeping.
  • Only purchase heat bags with instructions and use according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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