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Electrical safety warning following Wythenshawe fire

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 05 August 2016

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued safety warnings around electrical appliances following a house fire in Wythenshawe in the early hours.

Crew from Wythenshawe and Altrincham stations attended a kitchen fire on Nethercote Avenue at 3.50am, on Friday, August 5, which it is believed was probably caused by an electrical fault in a fridge.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a fan to deal with the blaze and were at the scene for around one hour and 10 minutes.

Following the fire David Acton, chair of Greater Manchester Fire Authority, said: “It is fortunate that no one was injured in this fire and we urge people to ensure their electrical appliances are maintained and serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.

“It is also important people use the correct fuses and don’t overload plug sockets in their kitchens. If there is an electrical fire, pull the plug out, or switch off the power at the fuse box - if it is safe to do so. Sometimes this can stop the fire immediately. Never use water on an electrical fire, and don't take any risks with your safety - get out, stay out and call 999.”

More electrical safety advice is available here.

Last update: 05/08/2016 08:33:51
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