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Smoke alarm saves residents from Westmeadows house fire

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04 Jun 2017
A working smoke alarm has alerted occupants of a Westmeadows house to a fire in their home this morning.

MFB received multiple Triple Zero calls for the fire at a Shadforth Street home just before 11am.

Inital reports were that the house was well alight and lots of commotion at the scene.

Crews on arrival found a single storey brick veneer house, measuring 15m X 20 metres, totally involved in fire.

All occupants had evacuated the structure prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Ambulance Victoria was called to the incident to treat one of the occupants at the scene.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used hoses to protect surrounding properties. A teleboom aerial appliance was used to put water on the fire from above.

Both MFB and CFA firefighters worked together to bring this incident under control in 30 minutes.

Occupants were alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm.

Fire investigators will attend to determine the cause.

Pumpers: 4
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1


Home fire safety tips:

  • Only working smoke alarms save lives.
  • Get out, stay out and call 000 (triple zero).
  • Plan and practice your home fire escape plan with your family.
  • Ensure all electrical appliances are kept in good working order and replace if damaged.

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

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