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Incident Date: 05 September 2014
A MOTHER and her two children had a lucky escape after hair straighteners caused a fire in their home.
It has led to a plea by firefighters to make sure electrical items are turned off when they are not in use.
Crew from Gorton and Philips Park were called to Blakey Street in Manchester at around 7.20pm (September 5) after reports of a house on fire.
Watch Manager Huw Crosby said: "When we arrived the fire was not too severe but there was quite a lot of acrid smoke. Fortunately the mother and her two children had already got out of the property and were OK.
"The crew did a good job of locating the fire, as it was heavily smoke logged and the fire was concealed under clothing."
The cause of the fire is believed to have been clothing ignited by hair straighteners that were left on.
Fortunately there was a working smoke alarm in the house which alerted the family.
WM Crosby added: "One thing we always talk to people about during a home safety check is not leaving hair straighteners on when not in use because it is so easy for pets to knock them or for clothes to end up on them."
To find out how you can protect your family and home from fire, visit: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx