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Incident Date: 17 August 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to think about how they would escape from a fire in their home after a man was rescued from a blaze in Bury.
Crew from Bury, Whitefield and Heywood fire stations were called to a first-floor flat in Thompson Drive, Bury, at 12.22am on Monday, August 17.
When they arrived they had to break the door down to get into the flat where they discovered a serious blaze in the living room. The resident – a man believed to be aged 50 – had fallen asleep on the settee while smoking a cigarette.
Watch Manager Gary Stredder, from Bury Community Fire Station, said: “The man had managed to get out of the living room and make his way to the stairs but then couldn’t get out because the door was locked and his keys were in the flat.
“With some difficulty we managed to break the door down using a door ram and saw, and we rescued the man who was trapped behind the entrance.
“He was handed into the care of paramedics and was taken to hospital. The room was completely gutted by the fire.”
Firefighters extinguished the fire using breathing apparatus, hose reels and positive pressure ventilation fans.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “I would urge everyone to be prepared and think about what you would do if there was a fire in your home tonight.
“Have an escape plan and a second option in case your first route is blocked and make sure everyone living with you knows the plan. This should include making sure you can open windows and doors easily.
“If you’re a smoker, you can prevent a fire in the first place by taking care when smoking indoors. Never smoke in bed and take extra care if you’ve been drinking, are drowsy or on medication – it's really easy to fall asleep and not notice that a cigarette is still burning
“Always ensure cigarettes are fully stubbed out afterwards.
“And finally, a working smoke alarm will give you an early warning if there is a fire – allowing you vital time to call 999 and escape.”
There’s further information on planning an escape route on our website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/planning_escape_route/
Smoking is the biggest cause of fatal fires in the UK. For advice and support on how to quit, visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety/stop_smoking/