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Pregnant woman hospitalised after Malvern unit fire

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11 Oct 2013
Residents of a Malvern apartment building, including a pregnant woman, were affected by a fire this morning.

Fire crews were called to the unit in Ewart Street just before 10am.

The fire involved a 10 square, two bed roomed flat on the ground floor of a three storey block of flats.

The male occupant has escaped uninjured from the burning building but in doing so has left the door to the flat open.

This has allowed the thick smoke to move upwards forcing two females and a male in the above flat to remain indoors until being safely removed by firefighters.

An eight month pregnant female from the flat above the fire has been transported to hospital for observation.

One room of the ground floor flat including the contents has been severely damaged by fire while remainder of the flat has been severely damaged by heat and smoke.

The fire was deemed under control in five minutes and breathing apparatus in operation.

MFB Fire Investigation Unit is in attendance to establish a cause.

Seven appliances and 18 firefighters attended the incident.

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