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Incident Date: 23 April 2014
AN 88-year-old had a lucky escape from a fire in her home thanks to a free smoke alarm fitted by firefighters.
The Stockport resident was in bed when she heard the alarm at around 5.30am (April 23) - and firefighters believe it may have saved her life.
Watch Manager Dan Wade said: "It could have been a lot worse. If the alarm hadn't gone off the fire would have remained undetected and developed.
"Because of the early warning she was able to get out safely.
"She also closed the doors in her house which helped to limit the fire spread and smoke damage."
When firefighters arrived at the Garners Lane property, the woman was making her way down the steps and thick smoke was coming out of the front door.
They assisted her to safety and a team wearing breathing apparatus went in to tackle the fire, caused by an electrical fault in the freezer.
Watch Manager Wade added: "The fire was confined to the kitchen and firefighters quickly extinguished it. They also rescued a budgie which they found in the lounge."
Most fires start at night and the real killer is smoke. A smoke alarm can wake you up, giving you vital extra time to escape safely.
They can be fitted free by firefighters in Greater Manchester as part of a Home Safety Check.
For further fire safety advice, visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk or call 0800 555 815.