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Incident Date: 13 December 2015
TWO women were treated with oxygen after a tumble drier caught fire at a house in Manchester.
Fire engines from Moss Side, Withington and Manchester Central were called to Platt Lane at 12.53pm on Sunday, December 13, after smoke was spotted coming from the appliance.
A woman in her 70s was inside the house and unable to get out. Two family members – a man and woman, both in their 50s – were with her and the man managed to drag the drier outside with the help of another man who lives nearby.
Crew Manager Niall Grosvenor, from Moss Side Fire Station, said: “When we arrived the two men were outside the house and the two women were inside suffering from the effects of smoke.
“The elderly woman was unable to get out of the house for medical reasons so we treated her inside with oxygen therapy. The other woman also received oxygen therapy and both were then handed into the care of paramedics.
“The fire involved a tumble drier that the two men were dragging out of the house as we arrived.
“The filter at the front of the drier was completely blocked and we think that caused it to overheat, setting the clothes inside on fire.”
Firefighters are now urging people to clean their tumble drier filters to prevent overheating.
Station Manager Paul Smitham, who also attended the incident, said: “At this time of year people will be using tumble driers to dry their clothes more often and I would urge everyone to check the filters inside aren’t blocked and to clean them out regularly to stop anything like this happening to them.
“Crews used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and it was contained to the tumble drier. They also carried out a Safe and Well visit to provide a range of advice and support to the occupier.”
It is not believed that any of the four people involved needed hospital treatment.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Remember to keep appliances in good working order and get them serviced regularly.
“If there is a fire involving an electrical item, never put water on it. If it’s safe to do so pull out the plug or switch off the power and call for help.
“There’s further advice and information about staying safe at home on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/”
For advice on our Safe and Well visits – which address fire safety, falls prevention, cold homes, social isolation and flu – you can call GMFRS on 0800 555 815.