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Woman rescued from house fire

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 12:58 04/09/2014
Darren Shackleton
MARTIN DE RUYTER/FAIRFAX NZ

SMOKE DAMAGE: Nelson firefighter Darren Shackleton inspects the scene of a fire at a Nelson home that left a woman resident suffering smoke inhalation.

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An elderly woman was rescued from a house fire in Nelson this morning after a passer-by noticed smoke billowing from the roof.

The fire service was called to the house in Shakespeare Walk at about 6.45am. Firefighters found the woman in the shower and told her to stay put while they doused the flames and cleared the smoke.

She was taken by ambulance to Nelson Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

It appeared that the fire had started in a dishwasher drawer and the house quickly filled with smoke, Nelson Fire Service senior station officer Gavin Scott said.

A woman who was delivering newspapers in the street called the fire service after seeing smoke coming from the house.

It seemed that a smoke alarm failed to activate, Scott said.

"She's a very, very lucky woman."

The dishwasher and oven were badly damaged and the walls and ceiling were blackened by smoke.

"It was mostly smoke. There was very little flame."

Fire Safety is investigating the cause of the fire.

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- The Nelson Mail

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