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Fire caused by smoking materials leaves woman in hospital

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 23 March 2016

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is warning about the dangers of smoking after a house fire leaves a woman in hospital.

A call was made to North West Fire Control at 10.02am on Wednesday, March 23, to report a fire involving a semi-detached house in Nuttall Avenue, Horwich.

Three fire engines, from Horwich and Bolton Central, went to the address and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from the house and tackled the fire in the bedroom using hoses.

As a result of the fire a woman, whose age is unknown, was taken to hospital following the fire suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has taken place and GMFRS fire investigators believe that the fire was started accidentally by smoking materials.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Carelessly discarded smoking materials are a major cause of fires in the home and this incident highlights just how serious this issue is.  Always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully, and don’t smoke if feeling drowsy or taking medication.”

For more information on smoking and for further safety advice visit the GMFRS website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety.aspx

Last update: 23/03/2016 16:57:22
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