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Flat destroyed after cigarette blaze in Stockport

Borough: Stockport

Incident Date: 06 April 2016

STOCKPORT firefighters have issued a warning about cigarettes after a flat was destroyed by a severe blaze.

Crew from Stockport, Whitehill and Gorton fire stations were called to a flat in Houldsworth Street, North Reddish at 8.20pm on Wednesday, April 6.

Firefighters found the living room of the first-floor flat well alight and it is thought the fire started accidentally by smoking materials.

Crew used breathing kits and hose reels to bring the fire under control and managed to contain the blaze to the living room.

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Two men were out of the flat when crew arrived, at which point they raised alarm that a dog was still inside. Firefighters rescued the white Jack Russell from the flat and gave him oxygen at the scene, but sadly he could not be revived.

Group Manager Ben Levy said: “The living room of this flat has been destroyed and the remainder of the flat has suffered severe smoke damage.

“Carelessly discarded smoking materials are a major cause of fires in the home and this incident highlights just how serious this issue is.  Always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully.

“Great work by the crews, they successfully contained the fire to the flat and prevented it from spreading to neighboring houses.”

For more information on smoking and for further safety advice visit Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s website: 

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety.aspx

Last update: 07/04/2016 13:41:55
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