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Incident Date: 05 March 2015
FIREFIGHTERS have rescued two women and a young child from a house fire in Manchester.
Fire crew from Philips Park, Blackley and Hollins fire stations were called the semi-detached house on Brendon Avenue at 3.40pm this afternoon (Thursday, March 5, 2015).
Two women and a young boy were trapped upstairs after a pan of food in the kitchen caught fire.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus rescued the three occupants and extinguished the fire using two hose reels.
Station Manager Kevin O’Connor, who was at the incident, said: “They were cooking some fish in a pan of oil that over-boiled and set fire to the gas cooker.
“Everyone was upstairs at the time and because they didn’t have a smoke alarm they weren’t given enough warning to escape the fire so got trapped upstairs.
“There was quite a bit of damage caused to the cooker and the kitchen and smoke damage throughout, but the outcome could have been far worse.”
All three casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Had there been smoke alarms in the house the occupants would have had an earlier warning to the fire and a better chance to escape.
“If we had carried out a Home Safety Check (HSC) we could have talked to them about fire escape plans – so I would urge anyone who hasn’t had a HSC, or doesn’t have a smoke alarm, to contact us on 0800 555 815.”
There’s further advice on staying safe at home on our website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/