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OAP overcome by smoke

PUBLISHED: 18:18 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:47 25 August 2010

AN ELDERLY woman collapsed after she was overcome by smoke when her toaster caught fire.

AN ELDERLY woman collapsed after she was overcome by smoke when her toaster caught fire. Sidcup fire fighters were called to a home in Edwin Arnold Court at 10.35 last Thursday.

Neighbours were alerted after a lone 80-year-old woman's smoke alarm was set off as heavy smoke billowed from her home.

Fire Fighter Austin, who entered the house with a gas mask, said: "The lady had gone to try and use the phone but never made it. We found her in the lounge unconscious on the floor. If she had been there much longer she may not have made it."

The victim was given oxygen and was conscious when taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup.

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