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Plea to move toasters from under cupboards after flat fire in Wythenshawe

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 25 October 2014

RESIDENTS are being asked to move toasters away from kitchen cupboards when using them after a defective toaster sparked a fire at a flat in Wythenshawe.

The fire spread to cupboards above and was beginning to take hold of the kitchen when a smoke detector raised the alarm.

Two crew from Wythenshawe Fire Station were called to Foxlair Road at 12.27am on Saturday, October 25.

When they arrived they were faced with a fire involving the kitchen of a ground floor flat.

A man had put something in the toaster and fallen asleep and due to a fault it didn’t spring back up which caused a fire to start.

Crew Manager Ian Medcalf said: “We tell people to pull their toasters out from underneath any kitchen cupboards and this incident demonstrated why that’s so important.

“We believe the fire was caused by a fault in the toaster which didn’t allow it to pop back up occasionally.  The man had put something in toaster and fallen asleep so it incinerated itself and spread to the cupboards above

“There was heavy smoke-logging in the kitchen and damage to the cabinets and work surfaces.

“But the man had a working smoke alarm that woke him up – he got out the flat and called us so he did all the right things.”

Crew in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and a positive pressure fan to clear the smoke.  

The man – whose age is unknown – was treated by firefighters at the scene after breathing in some smoke but he didn’t require further treatment.

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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