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Incident Date: 14 August 2014
The pictures above show how the closed doors have stopped the spread of fire.
TWO adults and two children have escaped a kitchen fire in Braemar Avenue, Stretford, overnight.
Firefighters say a smoke alarm, along with closing all doors before the family went to bed, may well have saved their lives.
The heat of the blaze was so intense it took plasterboard off the kitchen ceiling and walls - however the rest of the downstairs was relatively untouched.
The family managed to escape unhurt after their smoke alarm woke them up and gave them an early warning about the fire.
Watch Manager John Burgess said: "The family had done everything right in terms of safety - the smoke alarm they fitted had woken them up and closing the doors had not only protected their safe route out of the house but also contained the fire to the kitchen and helped limit the smoke damage.
"It was really stark the difference closing the doors made - there was quite a severe fire in the kitchen, damage had been caused to the flooring and skirting boards, plaster had come off the walls and ceiling due to the heat but in the adjacent hallway there was just some minor smoke damage."
The family were already outside when crew from Stretford and Sale arrived at around 2.20am. A fire service trauma technician gave them oxygen and they were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital by paramedics.
Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and positive pressure ventilation to extinguish the fire. They were at the scene for just under an hour.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service provides life saving safety advice during free Home Safety Checks. For more information visit the website www.manchesterfire.gov.uk or call 0800 555 815.