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Vols show great tenacity
**UPDATE 11.30am** Unfortunately the patient has passed away in hospital. Sincere condolences to his family. Any further media enquiries should be directed to Victoria Police.
Four crews from Phillip Island, San Remo, Kilcunda and Wonthaggi brigades turned out to a house fire at 3.20am this morning in Albany Road, Cowes Phillip Island.
A call received by a neighbour earlier indicated that there was an occupant inside; an elderly man approximately 90 years of age.
Crews tried to conduct the rescue by first entering through the front of the house, and then the rear; however both attempts were hampered by structural collapse. Crews persevered and then entered through a window where they found the man unconscious.
CFA crews, together with Ambulance Victoria then commenced CPR on the man, then once stabilised he was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne. The patient is believed to be in a critical condition.
Acting Operations Manager Paul Summons said, "Our members showed real tenacity and did an excellent job persevering to continue entering the house, knowing that there was an occupant still inside.
"With National Volunteer Week just about to start, I'd like to acknowledge the work our volunteer crews do to keep our communities safe come rain, hail or shine. We're very proud of their efforts, and this is one of many outstanding examples.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, however at this stage it is not believed to be suspicious.