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Incident Date: 06 May 2014
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to take care with candles and incense sticks after a fire tore through a five bedroom house in Salford over the May bank holiday.
Crews were called to the detached house on Fellfoot Close in the Boothstown area of Worsley at 1.34pm on Monday, May 5.
Watch Manager Steve Coote said: "Sadly an incense stick burning on a cabinet on the landing seems to have caused this fire which ripped through the upstairs of the house.
"Thankfully, no one was inside and a working smoke alarm raised the alarm but this was a slow burn fire and it was incredibly hot.
"We worked hard to tackle the blaze and stopped it spreading into the roof space.
"No internal doors inside the house were closed - there was heat and fire damage to five bedrooms, three bathrooms and smoke damage spread downstairs.
"I'd urge people to please take care when using incense and candles - incense doesn't give off a lot of smoke but they get so hot.
"Please make sure they are out if you go out - douse them in water to make sure they are completely out. Closing doors inside your home would limit fire spread."
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