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Incident Date: 06 April 2016
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to keep items away from heat sources after a woman was rescued from a house fire in Milnrow.
Crew from Rochdale and Heywood fire stations were called to Moorland Avenue, Milnrow, just after 2pm on Wednesday, April 6.
The crew broke into the house through the front window and tackled the fire in the living room wearing breathing kits and using hose reels and a high pressure fan.
A 96-year-old woman was rescued from an upstairs bedroom by firefighters and was left in the care of North West Ambulance Service.
Watch Manager Gary Wilkinson, from Rochdale Community Fire Station, said: “We believe the alarm was raised by a postman who heard the smoke alarm as he was delivering his round, with a neighbour then making a 999 call to report the fire – so we would like to express our thanks to both the postman and the neighbour who helped us to rescue the woman involved.
“The fire is thought to have started by a rug being too close to a gas fire and we urge people to keep items away from fires and heaters. The damage in this house has luckily been contained to just the living room thanks to a working smoking alarm.”
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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is currently working to identify the postman so the watch can pass on their thanks.