Firefighters barge through door to save person

FIREFIGHTERS have barged through the door of a home to save a person unconscious and surrounded by heavy smoke. 

ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted of the smoke yesterday (October 18) at about 4pm when a neighbour reported the smoke alarm. 

Paramedics assessed and treated the patient on scene before transporting them to hospital in a stable condition.

“We quickly contained the fire to the point of origin in the kitchen, and had it extinguished within minutes,” says ACT Fire & Rescue south commander Danny Brighenti. 

“If the smoke alarm had not activated – there would have been a significant delay in alerting emergency services, dramatically increasing the risk of catastrophic consequences.”

“This incident is a timely reminder that working smoke alarms save lives.” 

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