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Incident Date: 20 June 2014
A MAN was taken to hospital with burns to his hands after trying to put out a pan fire at his home in Failsworth.
Firefighters from Hollins and Philips Park were called to the property in Ashton Road at 12.16am on Friday, June 20, after a pan of food left unattended on a cooker caught fire.
A 25-year-old man tried to put the fire out himself and suffered minor burns to his hands.
He and his partner were alerted to the fire after smoke detectors fitted inside the property raised the alarm.
The man was treated at the scene by a paramedic before being taken to hospital for treatment.
Crews were on the scene for around 40 minutes to ensure the fire was fully extinguished and their quick response and a working smoke alarm ensured that the damage was limited to the cooker.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Luckily this man's burns don't appear to be serious and the damage caused by the fire was minimal thanks to a working smoke alarm, which gave the residents an early warning.
"We always urge people to take care in the kitchen, to never leave cooking unattended and to be incredibly careful when cooking with oil.
"Don't attempt to put out a fire yourself - get out, stay out and call 999."
On Wednesday, June 18, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) urged people to be extra vigilant when cooking during the World Cup games and to avoid cooking when drinking - read the press release here.
For further advice on how to stay safe in your home, visit the GMFRS website here: /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety.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