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Incident Date: 18 June 2014
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging people to take care ahead of tomorrow's England game after a cooking fire in the early hours of the morning resulted in one man being taken to hospital.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "With England's much-anticipated World Cup match against Uruguay starting at 8pm tomorrow evening, it's a time when lots of people will be having their tea and many will be enjoying a drink.
"Cooking whilst drinking or being distracted can lead to disaster so do not leave cooking unattended, even for just a second - that's all it takes for a serious fire to start.
"Before the match starts, test your smoke alarm and if you need to take your eye off the cooking to watch a goal - hopefully an England one! - or for any reason, turn off the cooker and remove pans from the hob."
Crews from Whitefield and Broughton were called to Albert Avenue in Prestwich at 2.33am on Wednesday, June 18, after a fire involving the kitchen of a ground-floor flat.
A man in his 70s accidentally left a pan on the hob and was suffering from smoke inhalation.
He was checked over by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital and a man in another flat was also checked over by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.
Luckily the damage caused by the fire was limited to the cooker.
Then at 9.40am, crews from Horwich were called to Webb Street in Horwich after food left unattended in an oven caught fire.
The fire was contained to the oven and thankfully there were no injuries.
Cllr Acton said: "Although these recent incidents weren't necessarily football related, they show just how easily a fire can start."
If you would like information on fire safety in the kitchen, visit the GMFRS website here: /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/safety_in_kitchen.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx