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Woman suffers critical burns in kitchen explosion

A woman has suffered critical burns to her upper body after catching alight during a suspected kitchen explosion in Melbourne’s west.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to a home on Moama Street, Braybrook, after reports of fire, shortly before 12.30pm Monday.

An MFB spokesman said the woman, aged in her 30s, sustained severe burns to her arms, neck, face and chest.

They said gas specialists had been called in to help investigate how the incident occurred.

“The attending fire crews instigated initial first aid to a female with burns until Ambulance Victoria took over the patient care,” he said.

“Fire crews investigated the origin of fire and established the fire to have its origin in the kitchen.”

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said the woman was taken to the The Alfred hospital in a critical condition.

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