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26 May 2011
An 8 month old baby was rescued by passers-by following a house fire in Bentleigh East this afternoon.

Date: May 25 2011 
Time: 14:37 hours     
Call Number: 8327

Address: Surrey Street, Bentleigh East.

The baby’s mother suffered burns to her face as she escaped the blazing house carrying her other 2½ year old child. She was prevented from returning for her baby by the intense heat and smoke. 

Two tradesmen passing by had stopped when they saw the fire and were told a baby was still inside.  They broke a window and heard the faintest of cries from the young child. 
They reached inside and, feeling through the thick smoke, managed to locate the little girl.

She was carefully carried out through the broken window and handed to her grateful mum. 
Ambulance paramedics treated both children and the mother for smoke inhalation before taking them to Monash Medical Centre for further observation.

Firefighters took half an hour to bring the fire under control and found the cause to be clothing left drying too close to a heater.  All rooms of the single storey house suffered extensive fire damage.

There were no working smoke alarms in the house.

The MFB cannot stress enough the importance of having a working smoke alarm to help protect your family.

Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 4

Recue Units: 1

Aerial Units: 1

Number of firefighters: 22

Officer in charge: Commander Rob Dean

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

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