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Smoke alarm saves Lara family
A working smoke alarm has saved the lives of two people from a house fire in Lara this morning (26 August).
CFA crews were called to the single-storey brick and weatherboard home on Forest Road shortly after 6am.
District 7 Operations Officer Ian Beswicke said firefighters arrived to find the connecting area between two main buildings well alight.
“A couple in their forties and sixties was woken by the sound of their smoke alarm and were able to get out of their home,” he said.
“This is a real-life example of just how important it is to have a working smoke alarm.
“Firefighters performed an external attack of the flames before gaining access to the home."
Six crews from Lara, Corio and Geelong attended and had the fire under control within 45 minutes.
Two rooms, including a bathroom, have been extensively damaged, while much of the home received smoke damage.
Mr Beswicke said there were initial fears that the man was unaccounted for but he was quickly found.
“He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital in Geelong suffering smoke inhalation.”
Firefighters also managed to save the family’s dog which was in a yard next to the burning house.
A fire investigator is at the scene this morning to help determine the cause of the blaze.