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Incident Date: 26 September 2017
A FAMILY of five were rescued by firefighters after a blaze at their home in Manchester – thanks to a working smoke alarm.
The woman aged 34, and four children aged two, 11, 13 and 14 were taken to hospital after breathing in smoke following the fire on Addison Crescent in the Old Trafford area on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Crew from Moss Side and Salford fire stations were called to the address at 5am after reports that the family were trapped inside.
A smoke alarm had woken the mother and altered her to the fire, which meant she was able to wake the children and get everyone into a safe room at the front of the house upstairs – away from the fire downstairs.
Watch Manager Duncan Millington, from Salford Community Fire Station, said: “When we arrived firefighters from Moss Side were putting up a nine-metre ladder to rescue the family from the bedroom window.
“We broke down the front door at the side of the house, which was on fire, and crew in breathing apparatus went in to tackle the fire using hose reels.”
Crew Manager Rik Oates, from Moss Side Community Fire Station, said: “The family did exactly the right thing. If you can’t get down the stairs then the best thing to do is find a safe room, shut the door and cover the gap at the bottom with a towel or blanket, open a window to shout for help and let in fresh air, and wait for us to arrive.”
All five family members were taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
Firefighters will return to the area today to speak to other residents about fire safety and the importance of working smoke alarms.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “The family are incredibly lucky to have escaped unharmed and that is due to having a working smoke alarm which alerted them to the fire at the earliest opportunity.
"I would urge people to make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your house and that you check them regularly because one day they could save your or your family’s lives.”
For free advice on how to stay safe at home, contact Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 555 815 or visit manchesterfire.gov.uk