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Incident Date: 13 December 2014
A FAMILY of five, including a three-year-old tot, were forced to jump to safety from a first floor bedroom window this morning after waking to find their front door on fire.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a smoke alarm alerted the family to the blaze in Jedburgh Avenue, Heaton, Bolton, just after 2.30am.
The fire, thought to have been started deliberately, destroyed the front door of the mid-terraced property but thanks to quick-thinking and decisive action the family all escaped.
Group manager Lee Coleman, who attended the incident, explained: “One of the family heard the smoke alarm going off and got up to see what was happening. When he got to the top of the stairs he saw smoke and flames at their front door. There was no way they could have got out of that house through the front door and so they made their exit through the bedroom window of the first floor.”
Three fire engines from Bolton Central and Bolton North fire stations attended the incident after receiving a 999 call. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with two hose reels.
They said the family were all quickly roused from their sleep by the smoke alarm going off and that one man jumped from the first floor window into the back garden.
A three year old boy was then put through the window and dropped to safety into the man’s arms. Two women and a second man also jumped from the window to the ground below.
All five people were given oxygen at the scene by fire service trauma technicians before being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation. They were all transferred to Royal Bolton Hospital for further tests and treatment.
Lee added: “The working smoke alarm at this property undoubtedly saved the house itself from any real and significant damage and made sure the family were up and out of that property in a flash. We were there very quickly and able to put the first out so that only the actual door and a coat were affected. It clearly could have been much worse.”
Greater Manchester Police were also in attendance and scenes of crimes officers working with specialist fire investigation officers will return to the property later today.
Crew from Bolton Fire Station will also return to the area this morning to carry out Home Safety Checks for neighbours and provide some reassurance to the community.
If you would like a free Home Safety Check and to talk to someone about how you might make an escape plan please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk for more information.