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Woman trapped under Melbourne house rescued after neighbour calls for help

ABC News logo ABC News 25/06/2017

A woman in her 40s is lucky to be alive, firefighters say, after being trapped underneath a house for several days in Melbourne's north-west. 

A neighbour heard noises coming from the property on Miller Street in Essendon on Saturday afternoon and called for help.

Firefighters said it was a "strange situation" and they launched an "intricate rescue plan", cutting through the kitchen floorboards, joists and bearers to make a trap door to get the woman out.

There were concerns the work could make the house unstable.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Commander Roger Chitty said the woman appeared to have been trapped under the floorboards for several days.

"She was very fortunate," he said. "Apart from the dehydration I'm sure she would have been suffering from the cold and we're lucky that we found her when we did."

Commander Chitty said they had not been able to speak to the woman about why she was under the house but police were hoping to speak to her today.

She was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is in a stable condition.

"It was a strange situation. We're unsure of why the female was under the house and that'll be part of the investigations later on," he said.

"We did try to get underneath the house but the confined space made that impossible." Police said it was not the woman's house.

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