Melbourne nursing home fire church youth group save elderly residents

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'The adrenaline kicked in': Group of teenagers playing board games in a church become unlikely heroes as they help evacuate a burning nursing home A church young adults group helped evacuate a nursing home on Sunday night  The group had smelled smoke and found fire next door to the nursing home They helped evacuate 25 elderly residents, provided them shelter at the church  One woman was taken to hospital and a man has been arrested in relation to fire

By Hannah Moore For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:04 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 05:04 BST, 1 July 2019

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A church youth group's board games night descended into chaos on Sunday night as attendees found themselves evacuating a nearby nursing home as flames licked at the building. 

Andrew Faram, 22, told Daily Mail Australia the group of eight had arrived at the Murrumbeena Uniting Church in Melbourne about 7pm when their youth pastor began to smell smoke, and the group headed outside to see what was happening. 

'We were met with a black cloud of smoke, getting thicker as it came down the street,' he said. 

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25 nursing home residents were evacuated on Sunday night after a fire broke out next door

25 nursing home residents were evacuated on Sunday night after a fire broke out next door

The elderly residents were moved to a nearby church, whose young patrons had dashed over to warn of the fire and help evacuate everyone inside

The elderly residents were moved to a nearby church, whose young patrons had dashed over to warn of the fire and help evacuate everyone inside

As the group got closer to the smoke, they saw sparks coming from an electricity box which was mere metres from a nursing home. 

Mr Faram said the group ran into the two buildings that formed the nursing home and screamed for residents and staff to evacuate.   

'Everyone started running into the rooms of the elderly patients to help evacuate them,' he said. 

'It became a mad hustle to get everyone out of bed - a lot of

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