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Candle safety warning after Manchester house fire

Borough: All

Incident Date: 05 June 2014

RESIDENTS are being reminded of the dangers posed by candles after one left unattended on a bedside cabinet caused a blaze at a house in Manchester.

At 8.21pm on Thursday, June 5, 2014, crews from Ashton and Stalybridge Fire Stations were called to reports of a fire at a detached house in Heginbottom Crescent, Ashton.

The residents had gone out and when they returned to the house they opened a back bedroom door to find the room filled with thick black smoke.

They immediately closed the door, left the house and called Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) who quickly arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire using breathing apparatus and hose reels.

Firefighters then used a fan to clear the smoke, which had spread throughout the house.

Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "The residents did exactly the right thing - they closed the door, got out quickly and called the fire service.

"I would urge people to never leave candles unattended and make sure you fully extinguish them before you go to bed or leave the house.

"Always place candles on a heat-resistant surface and make sure the candle is standing up straight and is in a proper holder so it can't fall over."

There was smoke damage throughout the house but the fire was contained to the bedroom and nobody was injured.

Before leaving the scene, crews carried out Home Safety Checks in neighbouring homes and offered safety advice to other residents in the street.

For further advice on how to keep ypou and your family safe in your home, please visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety.aspx

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:34
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