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Incident Date: 26 August 2015
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are reminding people about having a working smoke alarm after a Wythenshawe house fire leaves a man in hospital.
Three fire engines attended Morrell Road at 8.02pm on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, after a fire, that is believed to have started accidentally by smoking materials, broke out in a bedroom.
An 11-year-old girl discovered the fire and alerted her family – 48-year-old mother, 46-year-old father and four-year-old brother.
Watch Manager Jim Norcross from Wythenshawe Fire Station said: “When we arrived at Morrell Road a family of four were outside after the daughter had smelt smoke and discovered a fire in her parents’ bedroom.
“The 46-year-old father of the family had tried to tackle the fire and burnt his hands so was taken to hospital.
“The property didn’t have working smoke alarms so we want to remind people of the importance of having one on each level to give them valuable time in the event of a fire. If this fire had broken out in the middle of the night the family might not have been as lucky.”
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using a hosereel and a fan to remove smoke from the house.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Thankfully the man involved wasn’t seriously hurt and the family managed to get themselves outside before firefighters arrived.
“Carelessly discarded smoking materials are still a major cause of fires in the home. Always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully, and don’t smoke if feeling drowsy or taking medication.”
For more information on this and for further safety advice call 0800 555 815 or visit the GMFRS website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety.aspx