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Man rescued from house fire after electrical fault starts blaze

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 14 November 2014

A MAN was rescued from a house in Levenshulme in the early hours after a fire caused by faulty wiring.

Steve Hanson, aged 42, has spoken of his ordeal to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) as part of National Electrical Fire Safety Week (November 10 to 16).

He was in bed asleep at the terraced house on Rostron Street, Manchester, shortly before 1am on Friday, November 14, 2014, when a fuse box in the living room caught fire. 

He said: “I heard a funny noise like a pop so I went downstairs to see what it was and there’s a fuse box in an old DIY-style cabinet in the living room that was on fire and there was a lot of smoke.

“I went to get the house keys which were near the front door to get out but I dropped them and couldn’t find them in the smoke.

“I knew what to do so I went upstairs and got my phone to call the fire service and stuck my head out of the window to get some air. But I dropped the phone so I went to the front bedroom window and climbed out onto a ledge to shout for help.

“The fire service came really quickly and got me down with a ladder.”

Crew from Gorton, Whitehill and Withington fire stations attended and extinguished the fire using breathing apparatus, a jet and a hose reel and positive pressure ventilation.

Steve breathed in a bit of smoke but was thankfully not seriously injured. He was checked over by paramedics at the scene.

Station Manager Andy Ross said: “The fire had been smouldering for some time and there was a lot of black smoke which caused serious smoke damage.

“He was very lucky to get out of the house with only minor injuries.”

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our firefighters did a fantastic job in rescuing this man and I’m pleased he wasn’t injured, but he now has to face the ordeal of repairing the damage to his home.

“Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights are all signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems.

“Please make sure you can't see any coloured wires between the plug and the power lead – change the plug properly and make sure the wires are held firmly in place inside the plug.

“And finally, use sockets safely – it's better to use a bar adaptor on a lead than a block adaptor and only use one adaptor per socket.

There’s further advice and information on electrical fire safety on the GMFRS website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/electrical_equipment/ 

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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