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Two men burned in separate residential fires.

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11 Aug 2011
Two men have been burned in separate residential fires. One in Melbourne CBD and the other in St Albans.

Date: August 11, 2011 

A 76-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his neck. He was heating oil on the stove, which then caught alight.

Two MFB crews attended the fire in Gumtree Close, St Albans at 11.49am and extinguished the fire, which also damaged the range-hood and overhead cupboards.

In a separate incident, a 59-year-old man was rescued by fire crews from a fire at a King Street backpackers’ hostel.

Occupants were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm and called the fire brigade at 6.41am.

Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and entered the burning building. They discovered the unconscious man and carried him out of the building and treated him with oxygen until paramedics arrived.

He was treated on scene by paramedics for serious burns to his face and hands as well as burns to his torso and arms.

The fire was contained within six minutes to one bedroom, however the building was heavily smoke-logged. Six MFB crews, including over 20 firefighters attended.

Both men were transported by ambulance to the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit.

Winter is the most dangerous time for house fires and these incidents highlight the importance of being vigilant about residential fire safety.

Leaving cooking unattended is still the leading cause of residential fires, with over 40 per cent of fires starting in the kitchen.

People need to be especially careful when cooking with oil, as it can overheat and catch fire very quickly.

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