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Working smoke alarms save a life in St Albans

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14 Mar 2017
A working smoke alarm has potentially saved the life of a woman following a house fire in St Albans this morning.

It’s believed the blaze broke out in the carport of the Cowra Avenue house and quickly spread to the roof just after 3am.


The occupant, a woman in her 20s, was woken by the sound of her smoke alarm and was able to safely evacuate.


She was treated on scene by Ambulance Victoria paramedics for what is believed to be minor smoke inhalation.

MFB crews were quick on the scene and managed to contain the fire to the rear of the house and get it under control within 5 minutes.


A cigarette butt that was incorrectly disposed of has been determined as the cause of the blaze.


Cigarette safety tips:

·         MFB urges community members to ensure cigarette butts are disposed of appropriately in heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them from tipping over.

·         Ensure they are properly extinguished and when discarding, be aware of windy weather which may deposit smouldering butts where they can catch fire.

·         Keep balconies and other areas of the home free from objects and clutter.

·         Never smoke in bed.

·         For more information on home fire safety, download MFB and CFA's home fire safety booklet on our website

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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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