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GMFRS reassures local community after the death of an elderly man in Hindley.

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 16 March 2015

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is today reassuring a local community after the death of an elderly man in Hindley.

A fire broke out in the kitchen of a terraced house in Carr Common Road just before 12pm yesterday morning (Monday, March 16, 2015)

When firefighters arrived at the scene, an 83-year-old man had sadly died.

Fire investigators believe the fire was caused by packaging that was accidently left on top of a hob on a cooker.

Today, community safety teams from Wigan Fire Station have been in the area offering home safety advice and reassurance to local residents.

Fire Investigation Officer Paul Whittaker said: “Firefighters were called to reports of a building fire, and although the fire was out on arrival, sadly an elderly gentleman lost his life.

“We are encouraging members of the public to think about what they have on or around their cookers at home.

“Unfortunately there have been a number of incidents where people have left items like cooking, tea-towels and cloths on the hob that have resulted in fatalities.”

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are saddened that an elderly man has lost his life.

“What makes it even more tragic is that this incident could have been prevented.

“Please take extra care when cooking and make sure you have a working smoke alarm – if not please call us on 0800 555 815.”

For further home safety advice visit our website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/safety_in_kitchen/

To book a free Home Safety Check call the number above or visit our website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments/

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:39
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