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Good Samaritan saves couple

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Structure

  12.24 PM 14 August, 2014

Location: District 14 News

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Firefighters have praised a good Samaritan who helped rescue an elderly couple from their burning Wyndham Vale home.

District 14 duty officer Ken Houston said a passer-by noticed flames coming from a house on Provan Drive about 7.45am and immediately alerted the residents inside.

“The passer-by then used the garden hose to help knock down the fire before CFA crews arrived on scene,” Mr Houston said.

“Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the lounge room, however the rest of the house was heavily smoke and heat damaged.”

Mr Houston said it appeared there were no working smoke detectors in the house and the fire was caused by an electrical heater.

The blaze comes just a day after CFA urged all Victorians to be aware of fire risks around the home. Read more here.

“Thankfully the couple escaped in time, but again, I want to remind all Victorians that the effects of house fires can be devastating and can have fatal consequences,” Mr Houston said.

“I also want to stress the importance of having a working smoke detector – it could save your life”.

Ambulance Victoria treated the couple, both in their 70s, for smoke inhalation at the scene but they were not transported to hospital.

The incident was under control by 8.05am.

Last Updated: 19 August 2014