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Incident Date: 15 June 2014
RESIDENTS are being reminded about the importance of having a working smoke alarm, after a woman was rescued by her neighbours in Bury.
The Foxglove Drive residents had been up watching the England match when they heard the alarm at around 1.45am and went to investigate.
They discovered smoke in the house and a woman in her 70s still inside.
Station Manager Ian Duckworth said: "It was a minor fire in the kitchen involving a grill pan but it gave off quite a bit of smoke.
"The woman was in the living room unaware of the fire but fortunately crews had recently carried out a smoke alarm campaign in the area and the smoke alarm activated, which alerted the neighbours.
"They went in and escorted the woman to safety. It was a very neighbourly thing for them to do, as they put themselves at risk going in the smoke to get her out."
All three suffered smoke inhalation and were given oxygen.
Crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and quickly extinguished the fire which helped limit the damage caused, saving around 80% of the property.
Station Manager Duckworth added: "A smoke alarm can provide a vital early warning to a fire, as this incident has highlighted. I hope it will encourage people to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes."
For information about smoke alarms and free Home Safety Checks offered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.