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Pensioner rescued by firefighters after cigarette fire

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 07 October 2014

AN ELDERLY woman was rescued from a ground-floor flat by firefighters in Manchester after a fire caused by cigarette ash.

The 73-year-old is thought to have tipped an ashtray into a waste paper bin in the lounge before going to bed.

Three fire engines from Wythenshawe and Withington were called to Lovett Walk in Manchester at 9.37pm last night (Tuesday, October 7).

The fire smouldered for some time and caused smoke to travel throughout the flat.

Crew in breathing apparatus went into the flat and used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and rescued the woman from the bedroom.

She was checked over by paramedics at the scene and did not need hospital treatment.

The fire damage was confined to the contents of the bin, which contained paper and tissues.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is reminding smokers to always ensure cigarettes are fully stubbed out before going to bed or leaving the house.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said:  "Each year thousands of people are killed or injured by fires caused by smoking at home.

"To avoid becoming a victim of fire, make sure you follow our advice or better still, stop smoking altogether.

"Always make sure cigarettes are fully stubbed out; if you're feeling drowsy or are drinking, take extra care when smoking; never smoke in bed; keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children; use a proper ashtray and never tip ash into a waste paper basket."

GMFRS has information on support services for anyone wanting to kick the habit - visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety/stop_smoking.aspx

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:36
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