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Fire in Wheeler Street, Ormond - UPDATE

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28 May 2010
Flames were issuing through the roof and fire had engulfed 50% of the brick, 2 bedroom, rear unit when first MFB crews arrived, within minutes of receiving the fire call.

MFB firefighters entered the dwelling and found an elderly lady in the smoke filled hallway attempting to extinguish the fire. The 80 year old was assisted out of the dangerous situation and treated for smoke inhalation and shock. She was later transported to hospital by ambulance.

The fire also threatened two nearby properties but concentrated firefighting tactics alleviated any damage to them.

Our Fire Investigation team has now determined the cause to be insulation related. Blow in insulation was installed late last year; ceiling exhaust fan wiring came into contact with the insulation. The occupant of the flat will be okay but she is very lucky.

Community safety messages include:

People still need to be vigilant about insulation

Get insulation checked by a licensed electrician

We do not recommend you try to fight fires by yourself. Call the fire brigade by dialing triple zero.

TIME: 0434

CALL No.: 9129


No. of FIREFIGHTERS: approx 24

OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: Commander Col Harris

ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Heather Stockton

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

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