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Couple escape Everton house fire

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  1.39 PM 26 May, 2013

Location: District 23 News

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An Everton house was destroyed by fire on Saturday morning (25 May).

Crews were called to the house, 20 kilometres north east of Wangaratta, about 8.50am. When they arrived on scene the house was fully involved in the fire.

The owners, who were home at the time watching television, tried to smother the flames and extinguish the fire with the garden hose before firefighters arrived.

A passerby - volunteer firefighter Paul Neery from the Bowmans Murmungee brigade - saw smoke issuing from the house, turned his car around and ensured the occupants were safe while his girlfriend called triple 0.

10 tankers from surrounding brigades and the pumper from Wangaratta UFB attended the incident along with Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.  The elderly couple were transported to Wangaratta Hospital as a precaution.

The fire was not suspicious and fire investigators will attend the scene on Monday.  

Operations Manager Steward Kreltszheim said the occupants had working smoke alarms.

"It is a timely reminder of their value moving into winter and the use of heaters, electric blankets and clothes dryer become more and more common.

OM Kreltszheim commended the Incident Controller, Everton Captain Craig Allen, and all crew who attended.

Last Updated: 26 May 2013