Mum and daughter rescued from house fire
The Laura Street house was well ablaze by the time fire crews arrived
Friday, February 18, 2022
THREE people were rushed to hospital after a house fire in Laura Street in the early hours of Friday morning.
About 30 firefighters were required to contain the blaze that broke out in the rear of a period weatherboard house shortly after midnight.
Responding to multiple Triple 0 calls, the first crew arrived within four minutes to find the single level house fully alight. Video footage posted on social media showed flames well above roof level.
Wearing breathing apparatus, crews conducted an internal search while firefighters also worked to attack the fire stopping it from spreading to properties nearby.
A 74-year-old woman and her 45-year-0ld daughter who uses a wheelchair were rescued from within the house and were rushed to the Alfred Hospital with critical injuries.
A 77-year-old man was also taken to the Alfred with serious injuries and is in a stable condition. He had been able to escape the fire and attempted to summon help.
The fire was deemed under control after 45 minutes.
Fire crews were still at the site at 8am on Friday mopping up the damage. A crime scene has been set up and detectives, fire investigators and an arson chemist have attend the scene.
The cause is not yet known.