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Cigarette sparks bedroom blaze in Manchester

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 14 April 2015

FIREFIGHTERS are reminding people about the potential dangers of cigarettes after two people had a lucky escape from a bedroom fire in Manchester.

Three fire engines were called to Hacking Street in Manchester at 4.30am this morning (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) after reports of a fire and somebody trapped inside.

Luckily when firefighters arrived, a woman aged 65 and a man in his mid to late 30s had managed to get out of the house but there was a fire in the bedroom on the first floor.

Crew Manager Chris McNally, from Broughton Fire Station, said: “It looks like the fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials. The woman had been smoking in bed and nipped downstairs – while she was downstairs a fire was developing in the bedroom.

“A man in another room was alerted to the fire when he was woken by the smell of smoke.

“The bed, bedding and part of the floor were damaged by fire and the whole of the first floor was heavily smoke-logged.”

The woman and man were checked over my paramedics at the scene but declined hospital treatment.

Crew used two hose reels, four breathing apparatus and a positive pressure ventilation fan to extinguish the blaze and clear the smoke.

Crew Manager McNally added: “This incident shows the dangers of smoking in bed – please never smoke in bed and always ensure smoking materials are out before discarding them.

“There was a smoke alarm in the house but it had been taken down so the occupants were lucky really. We fitted two smoke alarms while we were there.”

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, please call 0800 555 815.

For further advice and information on how to stay safe at home visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/ 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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