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Working smoke alarms save lives, and here is the proof……

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04 May 2011
An 85 year old lady is lucky to have survived a fire in her home this afternoon.

Date: May 4, 2011 
Time: 12:14 hours     

Address: Bracken Grove, Altona.

A neighbour hearing the alarm operating attended the home and opened the unlocked front door. 

On doing so she found the elderly lady on the floor (2 metres in) who had been effected by the smoke and unable move any further.  She removed the lady outside whilst another neighbour attempted to extinguish the fire with a hand extinguisher.

MFB Firefighters were quickly on scene and administered oxygen therapy to the lady until the arrival of the ambulance.   The fire was further extinguished and the property ventilated from smoke.  It appears, until further investigation, that the fire involved a portable heater.

The neighbours are to be praised on their response to the alarm sounding.  Station Officer Pannell from Altona Fire Station said this fire call highlights the effectiveness of working smoke alarms.  They save lives 24 hours a day, not just at night.

Attending Appliances: 2

Number of firefighters: 8

Officer in charge: Station Officer Ken Pannell

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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