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Firefighters save woman from smoke-filled home in Northcote

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01 Jun 2018
MFB firefighters have rescued a woman from her smoke-filled home in Northcote this afternoon.

Crews arrived on scene shortly after 2pm following a Triple Zero (000) call from the woman, who was unable to self-evacuate from a two storey townhouse on Roberts Street. 

Wearing breathing apparatus they quickly forced entry inside the home and began to search the property. 

Once inside the building the firefighters were confronted with smoke so thick that they only had approximatley one foot of visibility. They located the woman and were able to escort her out of the house using a wheelchair. 

Crews provided oxygen therapy until she was placed into the care of Ambulance Victoria paramedics. She has been taken to hospital suffering serious smoke inhalation. 

It is believed the fire was started as a result of an unattended cooking pot on the stove. Firefighters managed to contain fire damage to the kitchen area, however smoke damage to the property is substantial. 


Preventable House Fires

Each year more people die and are injured in house fires than in bushfires. In 2015 there were 1,565 preventable house fires in Melbourne.

Unattended cooking, smoking, poorly maintained appliances or hanging clothes too close to the heater are just some of the common and preventable causes of house fires.

All Victorians should know their fire escape plan and practice it regularly.

There are some very simple ways to help prevent a house fire including having a working smoke alarm. Visit to find out more.

Kitchen fire safety tips

Tips for staying fire safe in the kitchen:


  • Always supervise children in the kitchen. Keep them away from the stove top and oven. Keep pot handles turned in.
  • Keep stove top, griller, oven, range hood and cooking area free from built up grease, dust and oil.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep combustibles such as tea towels and paper towels away from cooking and heat sources.
  • 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. 




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