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Glenroy Family Lucky to be Alive

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10 Sep 2010
A Glenroy family had a close call last night when a fire started in the front bedroom of their home at around 10.40pm.

With no working smoke alarm in the house, the family were lucky to notice the smell of the smoke and escape with their 3-month-old baby, who had already started to suffer from smoke inhalation.

The baby was treated with oxygen by firefighters until paramedics arrived on scene.

MFB Commander Frank Stockton said that if the family were asleep, it is likely they could have died.

“When we go to sleep, our sense of smell goes to sleep too,” said Commander Stockton.

“If the family were already asleep, they wouldn’t have been able to smell the smoke.

“This family is extremely lucky they are alive to tell their story.”

CFA State Duty Officer Chris Cowley said he couldn’t stress enough how important working smoke alarms are for saving lives.

“There have been over 700 house fires across Victoria this winter and sadly, some of these have resulted in deaths,” said Mr Cowley.

“Every home must have a working smoke alarm so people can be alerted to a fire in time to escape.

“If a fire does start in your home, having a working smoke alarm and a well practised home fire escape plan is the best way to ensure you and your family remain safe.”

The Glenroy fire was started by an electrical fault in the wall cavity of the front bedroom.

For more information contact:

MFB Media (03) 9665 4699
CFA Media (03) 5330 3124

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