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Incident Date: 24 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Ramsbottom Fire Station have helped a young family after the hob of an electric cooker was accidentally switched on causing a chip pan to smoulder.
Operators at North West Fire Control took a call at 12.25pm on Wednesday, September 24, when the incident happened in a terraced house on York Drive.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) Watch Manager Kris Bailey, who was in charge of the incident, said: "A woman in her 20s and her infant son were outside of the house when we arrived.
"The hob had accidently been switched on while the woman was using the oven to make dinner. This caused the chip pan on the hob to smoulder, resulting in the kitchen and front room being badly damaged by smoke.
"We put the woman in touch with the British Red Cross' Fire and Emergency Support Service who can provide help when people are unable to return to their home after a fire."
Crew wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel and a pressure fan to remove smoke from the house.
You can find out more about the Fire and Emergency Support Service here on the GMFRS website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/community_work/the-red-cross-.aspx
To find tips that could keep you safe in the kitchen please visit: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/safety_in_kitchen.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, which may include the fitting of smoke alarms, please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx