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GMFRS warns of importance of having working smoke alarms after fire in Blackley

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 16 November 2014

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with a fire which has left a man in hospital.

Firefighters from Blackley and Philips Park fire stations were sent to Slack Road in Blackley just after midnight on Sunday, November 16, 2014, when a fire broke out in the kitchen of a ground-floor flat.

A 44-year-old man was asleep in the flat at the time and another man made his way inside and took him outside on noticing the fire.

Station Manager Jon Crawley, who was in charge of the incident, said: “On arrival at the flat we were greeted by thick black smoke inside – which the man, who was inside when the fire started, breathed in.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to put out the fire, which caused damage to the kitchen.  The whole flat was also damaged by smoke.”

There was no working smoke alarm in the flat and firefighters will be returning to the area offering safety advice and reassuring members of the community.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Having a smoke alarm gives you an early warning to a fire in your home and we encourage everyone to ensure they have a working smoke alarm on every floor - and test them regularly to make sure they work."

The man was dealt with by ambulance staff and taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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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