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Warning after hair straighteners cause house fire

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 22 May 2015

FIREFIGHTERS are warning people to check that electrical items such as hair straighteners are switched off after use following a fire at a house in Manchester.

Crew from Wythenshawe and Stockport fire stations were called to Shannon Road just before 11.30am on Friday, May 22, after reports of a fire in a semi-detached house.

The fire had started after a pair of hair straighteners were left on a sofa switched on.

The residents had left for the day and it was only when a neighbour saw the blackened windows, which were beginning to crack due to the heat, that the alarm was raised.

Firefighters had to break through the front bay window to get into the house and fight the fire.

They used six breathing apparatus and three hose reels to extinguish the blaze and search the house to make sure nobody was trapped inside.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “It’s easy to forget when you’re rushing out of the house in a morning, but please check that items such as hair straighteners and irons are switched off before you leave.

“Luckily there was nobody in the house at the time of the fire and the damage was contained to the front room.

“There’s lots more information on how to stay safe on our website http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:41
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