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Woman lucky to escape Maidstone unit blaze

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11 Oct 2013
A lady in her 60s had a lucky escape this morning from a fire in her Maidstone unit.

Fire crews were called to the Harry Street single storey, detached unit at 5.21am.

MFB firefighters were quickly on scene and were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and adjoining room in approximately 20 minutes.

A large fire load throughout the unit hampered the accessibility of crews extinguishing the fire.

It was fortunate that the lady was awake at the time of the fire, and managed to evacuate as there were no working smoke alarms fitted. 

She was treated on scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews will continue to extinguish the fire until early morning.

Six appliances and 22 firefighters attended the incident.

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