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Elderly woman rescued from Malvern East kitchen fire

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11 Jun 2018
Firefighters have rescued an elderly woman following a kitchen fire in Malvern East tonight.

Crews were called to the Chaucer Avenue home around 7.30pm following reports of a fire and a resident possibly trapped inside.

They arrived to find smoke alarms operating and forced entry into the house to search for occupants.

Firefighters found a woman aged in her 80s on the floor of the smoke-filled kitchen.

It's believed she had fallen and was unable to evacuate on her own.

Firefighters assisted her from the property. She was treated by paramedics on scene then transported to hospital.

Firefighters extinguished the fire which was contained to cooking on the stove.

 

Kitchen safety tips:

Never leave cooking unattended

- Keep combustibles such as tea towels and paper towels away from cooking and heat sources

- Keep stove top, griller, oven, range hood and cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil

- Ensure kitchen appliances are clean and in good working order

- A fire extinguisher and fire blanket should be stored within easy reach but away from the cooking area. Only use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket if you feel able to use the equipment safely

 

- Always supervise children in the kitchen. Keep them away from the stove top and oven. Keep pot handles turned in.

 

 

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