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Incident Date: 16 August 2014
TAKE care whilst cooking at night is the message from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service after a man was rescued from a flat in Bury.
Emergency Fire Crew (EFC) were sent to the incident at 11.15pm (Saturday, August 16, 2014) after neighbours reported the sound of a smoke alarm and the smell of burning coming from a ground floor flat on Doctors Lane.
On arrival, EFC's had to force their way into the ground floor flat because they couldn't rouse the resident, despite a smoke alarm sounding.
Crews were met with thick smoke coming from a pizza that had been left unattended under a grill.
Station Manager, Angus Robinson, said: "There was a man inside the property who had fallen asleep after putting the grill on. Although he had a working smoke alarm it didn't alert him. The crews woke him and assisted him to safety.
"Although the flat was heavily smoke logged, the man had a lucky escape. If the crews didn't act as quickly as they did it could have been a lot worse. They effectively saved his life."
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