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Incident Date: 15 September 2014
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is renewing its pleas for the public to take care when cooking after firefighters were called to a fire in Gorton.
Two Crew from Gorton were called to a house on Harvard Road, at 11.30pm on Monday, September 15, after a man put a pan of food on the cooker and then went upstairs in the house and forgot about it.
Luckily for him, he had a working smoke alarm which alerted him to the fire and he was able to escape the property unharmed, but unfortunately there was significant fire and smoke damage to the kitchen.
Crews used a hose reel, two breathing apparatus and a ventilation fan to deal with the incident.
Councillor David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "It's really important not to leave food unattended as it only takes a few seconds for a serious fire to start.
"I would urge people to stand by any pans of cooking food at all times and ask people not to cook after a drink or if taking medication that could make you drowsy.
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