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Incident Date: 04 June 2014
A FIRE thought to have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette could have had devastating consequences, say firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
Four crews from Manchester Central, Blackley, Moss Side and Philips Park fire stations were called to Victoria Square, Manchester, at 3.47pm on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, following reports of a fire in a second-floor flat.
When firefighters arrived they discovered a fire involving a sofa in the living room of one of the flats - that had been spotted by local workmen who reported the blaze.
Watch Manager Andy Simister, from Manchester Central, said: "It was a severe fire involving the whole settee in the living room of a second-floor flat.
"The fire spread rapidly and if someone had been inside, they could have been seriously hurt or even killed.
"The fire was spotted by some workmen who were working in the square at the time and they raised the alarm - although there were working smoke alarms in the property.
"We managed to contain the fire to the living room but the rest of the flat was heavily smoke- logged."
Firefighters believe the fire started as the result of a carelessly discarded cigarette.
No other flats were affected.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "It's really important that if you do smoke, you always make sure cigarettes are discarded safely and that they're completely stubbed out.
"The safest way to avoid having a smoking-related fire in your home is to not smoke at all and GMFRS has information about local stop smoking services to support you if you want to kick the habit."
For more information on stopping smoking, please go to the GMFRS website here: /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety/stop_smoking.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, visit: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx