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Incident Date: 20 December 2014
A TEENAGER has been seriously injured after a candle fire in Cheadle.
Crew from Stockport, Cheadle and Whitehill stations received the call from North West Fire Control just after 8pm this evening (Saturday, December 20, 2014)
On arrival a 14-year-old girl had suffered burns to her hand, back and leg after the dress she was wearing caught fire after coming into contact with a candle at her home on Cuthbert Road.
Firefighters assisted paramedics with first aid before the teenager was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has seen an increase in fires in the home caused by candles as we enter the festive period.
“Unfortunately, on this occasion, a young girl has suffered serious burns.
“Can I urge people to take extra care if wearing loose clothing when candles are being used in the home.
“We want people to have a happy Christmas and at this time of year lots of people are using candles – but please ensure it’s a Christmas to remember for the right reasons by taking extra care with candles and ensuring you have a working smoke alarm.”
This incident is the latest in a series of candle-related fires in Greater Manchester over the past few weeks.
A man was left homeless on Friday (December 19) after a candle caused a fire in his home in Bolton.
On Thursday (December 18), two people were taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde.
In the early hours of last Thursday (December 11), two people were left homeless after a candle fire in Moss Side which destroyed the roof of two terraced properties.
There’s further information and advice about candle safety on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website here:
Notes to Editors
Below are links to previous releases on our website about the incidents mentioned above.