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Candle safety warning after fire breaks out in Oldham home

Borough: Oldham

Incident Date: 15 November 2014

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) is reminding people to take care with their candles after a fire started in an Oldham home in the early hours of the morning. 

Firefighters from Hollins and Oldham fire stations were called out to a semi-detached house on Werneth Crescent at 12.45am on Saturday, November 15, 2014, after a fire started in the front bedroom. 

Watch Manager Tony Morgan, from Hollins Community Fire Station, said: “A 44-year-old man was sleeping in bed when a fire started in the bedroom. 

“We believe a lit candle on a unit next to the bed heated up an over-hanging satellite box on top of the TV, that caught fire and started to melt – with parts of it dropping onto the bedding causing it to set on fire. 

“Luckily a 57-year-old man was also in the house and became aware of the fire.  He woke up his partner, allowing them both to make their way outside before we arrived. 

“Please can we remind people to take care when using candles at home and not place them underneath anything that could catch fire and also ensure they are in suitable holders.” 

There was no working smoke alarm in the house so GMFRS will be returning there soon to carry out a Home Safety Check and fit smoke alarms. 

Chair 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. 

“We encourage everyone to ensure their home has a working smoke alarm on every floor - and test them once a week to make sure they work." 

Crew wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the fire that caused damage to the bedroom. 

Both men were taken to hospital by ambulance staff. 

For further fire safety advice, including how to use candles safely at home, please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.

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