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Tradies rescue woman and her dog from apartment blaze

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23 Apr 2013
Firefighters have blamed an unattended candle for a fire at a Swan Street apartment.

A young lady and her dog were rescued from her Richmond balcony after fire broke out this morning.

The woman was trapped by smoke and fire on her first floor balcony.

Plumbers working at a nearby building site noticed the fire in the two storey unit just after 11am and used a ladder to rescue the woman and her dog.  Both were unharmed.

A candle in her bedroom had come into contact with combustibles (likely linen) causing the fire.

Commander Quinn praised the efforts of the rescuers and also MFB firefighters who managed to quickly extinguish the fire, particularly as the fire had penetrated the roof space and was spreading fast.

The MFB would like to remind the community to ensure that they:

  • Never leave a lit candle unattended
  • Never leave a candle burning near windows (where they could come into contact with the curtains)
  • Never place a candle near or on any combustible matter

Seven appliances and 25 firefighters attended the blaze.

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