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Incident Date: 23 March 2017
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning about carelessly discarding cigarettes after a fire on a balcony caused a block of flats to be evacuated last night.
A crew from Salford, Moss Side and Manchester Central fire stations were called to the flat in St Georges Island Apartments, Kelso Place, Manchester, at 3.54am this morning, Thursday, August 13.
Firefighters found a balcony with wooden decking on the fourth floor on fire, which was starting to spread to other balconies and the cladding of the building.
The twelve floor block of flats was evacuated while the crew tackle the blaze using water jets and four firefighters in breathing apparatus.
Station Manager Paul Smitham, who was in charge of incident, said: “The man who lived in the flat had returned home from work and had a cigarette on his balcony.
“He left it on the balcony, went to bed and it’s caused a fire.
“If you’re smoking late at night and you’re tired or you’ve had a drink you must make sure your cigarettes are extinguished.
“The fire was spotted by people living in the flats opposite and they called 999 – if the cigarette had been inside it could have been a very different story.
“The crew did a great job to tackle the fire and managed used jets from the inside and the outside of the flats.
“They had to work very hard to cut the wooden decking away and stop the fire from spreading further.”
For information about how to keep your home or business safe from fire or to arrange a free Home Safety Check please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.