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Incident Date: 18 February 2015
A 28-YEAR-OLD man suffered burns to his face and head after a chip pan set on fire in his home.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident in Cheetham Street, Failsworth, just after 1am this morning and crew from Hollins and Chadderton Fire Stations raced to the scene.
Watch Manager Tony Morgan, from Hollins Fire Station, said the man met firefighters outside of the property and described how he had tackled the blaze himself.
WM Morgan added: “We got the call as a building fire but as we were making our way there we received further information from North West Fire Control that the man was burned and that colleagues from North West Ambulance Service would meet us there.
“When we arrived the man was outside his house but clearly suffering from burns to his face and head. He said he had tried to put the fire out using a wet towel but it would appear the towel was soaking wet and the fire and hot fat flashed up into his face. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and we spoke to him about what he had done.”
Firefighters wearing specialist breathing equipment went into the property. The fire was already out but they used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke. The man was taken to Royal Oldham hospital for further treatment.
WM Morgan added: “There are quite a few houses around there and so we will be returning to speak to local people and offer home safety advice about cooking and tackling fires as well as fitting smoke alarms where needed and chatting through escape plans, just to reassure local people.”
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