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  • The Patch USAR rescue
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  • The Patch USAR rescue
  • The Patch USAR rescue
  • The Patch USAR rescue
  • The Patch USAR rescue
  • The Patch USAR rescue

By: CFA News

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  1.36 PM 1 March, 2015


Location: District 13 News

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Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young boy at The Patch.

Emergency services were called to a two-storey house on View Road, The Patch (in the Dandenong Ranges) around 9pm after a large gum tree fell on the home.

The falling tree caused substantial damage to the house which had seven people inside at the time. Four adults and two children were located and removed from the house shortly after the incident.

One of the children, a 5-year-old girl, suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Children’s Hospital. A 13-year-old boy who was in the house at the time was uninjured.

Emergency services conducted a search of the property as a 2-year-old boy was unaccounted for and was found deceased in the house a short time later. Specialist USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) teams from the CFA, MFB, SES and Ambulance Victoria worked inside and under the crushed building to recover the boy’s body.

A significant amount of local CFA crews worked with other emergency services in pouring rain and strong winds to assist in this tragic incident.

Images by Keith Pakenham - CFA

Last Updated: 02 March 2015