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Yarram woman rescues mum from house fire

  • CFA crews saved a family's possessions from an intense house fire in Yarram this morning.
  • CFA crews save a family's possessions in an intense house fire in Yarram this morning.
  • CFA crews save a family's possessions in an intense house fire in Yarram this morning.

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety, Incidents - Structure

  1.14 PM 30 August, 2016


Location: District 10 News

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A woman dragged her mother from their burning home on James St in Yarram this morning, as CFA crews rushed to the scene. 

District 10 Operations Officer Allan Rodgers described the woman’s rescue efforts as ‘gutsy’.

“She came home to see flames inside the house and her instinct was to get her mother out of there,” Mr Rodgers said.

“Her mum was lying unconscious on the floor near the backdoor, so she was able to get her out quickly, and away from the house.

“While we always recommend calling 000 and waiting for emergency services to arrive to an incident, I can understand this woman has reacted on impulse to drag her mum quickly to safety.”

The two women were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation and minor burns. They were taken to hospital for observation.

Around 20 firefighters from several local brigades attacked the fire from outside, while a crew donned breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze from inside.

Fire investigators are yet to determine the cause, however the fire appears to have started in the living room.

The single-storey weatherboard home is 40 per cent destroyed, with smoke damage throughout the house.

“This is one of the oldest homes in Yarram and it’s all made from wood, so there’s a lot of fuel to burn. Crews did a fantastic job saving this family’s possessions from complete ruin,” Mr Rodgers said.

Seven trucks attended from Yarram, Devon North, Traralgon, Port Albert and Woranga. Crews arrived about 9am and had the incident under control by 11.45am.

Ambulance and police also attended. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Last Updated: 30 August 2016