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Incident Date: 24 December 2014
A YOUNG family have tonight been made homeless after a serious candle fire at their home in Bury.
Firefighters received reports of a building fire just before 5.30pm this evening (Wednesday, December 24) on Bullfinch Drive.
A candle which had been left on a window sill of the semi-detached property came into contact with the curtains which quickly spread to the family Christmas tree.
The occupants, a 31-year-old woman and her two children, got out of the house safely thanks to quick thinking actions.
Crew wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and put out the fire using hose reels.
Watch Manager, Steve Wilcock, said: “This is the latest incident firefighters have had to attend due to a candle causing a serious fire in the home.
“Firefighters worked really hard to control the fire and prevent it spreading further.
“Although the occupants had a lucky escape, all the doors to the house were left open at the time of the fire so the smoke damage upstairs was quite serious.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service continue to attend serious fires involving candles.
“We have seen an increase of fires over the last week, the last resulting in a young teenager suffering serious burns.
“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 teenager was left seriously injured after clothing caught fire on Saturday (December 20) in Cheadle.
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.