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Incident Date: 13 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are reminding people to try and stay calm if they have a fire at home after two women jumped from a first-floor flat window.
Operators at North West Fire Control took several emergency calls at around 5.30am this morning (Saturday, September 13, 2014), when eight people in a flat on Fernside Grove heard the smoke alarm sounding and noticed smoke coming up the stairs.
Three crew, from Farnworth and Agecroft fire stations, went to the Walkden flat where they found two women on the grass, who had panicked on realising there was a fire and jumped from the window.
Watch Manager Mike Wilding from Farnworth Fire Station said: "We arrived at the address and found two wheelie-bins on fire outside the door of the flat that had spread to the plastic door causing it to melt and the glass to fall out.
"There had been a party going on in the flat when the group heard the smoke alarm going off and noticed there was a fire outside.
"Two women, aged 28 and 34-years-old, panicked when they realised there was a fire and jumped out of the window onto the grass. They both suffered leg injuries and went to hospital.
"We know having a fire can be a frightening experience but we ask people who don't have a clear escape route, like in this incident, to call us, close the doors and wait for firefighters to arrive."
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to tackle the fire and a fan to remove smoke from the flat.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Having a working smoke alarm gives you an early warning to a fire in your home - like in this incident where the alarm went off and alerted the group to the fire.
"We encourage everyone to ensure their home has a working smoke alarm on all levels - and test them regularly to make sure they works."
To book a free Home Safety Check with GMFRS, that may include smoke alarms being fitted, please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
If you have any information about the incident in Walkden please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.