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Smoke alarm saves family in Swan Hill
At 2.50am today (28 June) CFA crews were called to a house fire on Holloway Grove in Swan Hill.
Residents woke to the sound of their smoke alarm and were able to leave the house safely through a window before calling Triple Zero (000).
Three CFA trucks carrying about 15 fireys from Swan Hill arrived at the scene to find the house well alight.
Swan Hill Captain Dennis Turner said the family was very lucky to escape as the fire had already spread through a large portion of the roof before the smoke alarm triggered.
“The main exit to the house was blocked due to the fire, so the family was forced to evacuate through a window,” he said.
“They were very lucky that they had a working smoke alarm because without one this incident could have been a lot worse.
“The fire appears to have started in the lounge room and spread through about 50 per cent of the house.
“Crews did a great job working together to attack the fire both internally and externally and managed to save half the house.
The fire was called under control at 3.15am.
Ambulance Victoria attended the incident, treating four people at the scene for smoke inhalation before transporting them to hospital.
Police were also required to attend.
A CFA fire investigator is on the scene today to identify the cause.