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Incident Date: 19 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide after five houses were evacuated following a leak of the deadly gas
At 6.40pm, Thursday, September 18, crews from Chadderton, Hollins and Oldham were called to Moray Road, Chadderton when a carbon monoxide alarm activated in a property.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus led a 76 year old woman to safety and evacuated five houses.
Group Manager Tony Bryan said: "Crews acted quickly in evacuating the homes affected and requesting medical support for residents who were feeling unwell.
"After the evacuation, with the assistance of a gas engineer who isolated the gas supply, we assessed and then fully ventilated the properties affected.
"Carbon monoxide has no smell, no taste and you can't see it - it could be killing you and you would never know until it's too late.
"A carbon monoxide alarm saved this woman's life and could have saved the lives of people living nearby - these alarms are as valuable as having a smoke alarm in your home.
"Some of the properties that were evacuated didn't even have smoke alarms, so our crews have carried out Home Safety Checks in those homes to ensure the residents stay safe.
"It might be warm now but the weather will soon turn, I would urge everyone to look out for their elderly family, friends and neighbours."
A 76 year old woman and a 24 year old woman were taken to hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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