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Incident Date: 26 June 2014
WORKING smoke alarms again proved their worth when they stopped a fire tearing through a house after a tumble drier burst into flames at a house in Rochdale.
Firefighters were called to the property on Market Street in the Whitworth area of the town at 12.21pm this lunchtime.
Crew Manager Clayton Campbell from Rochdale Fire Station said: "Thankfully smoke alarms fitted correctly at the house raised the alarm after the lady had put some washing in, so she was able to get out safely.
"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put the fire out before using a fan to disperse the smoke.
"We attended along with a fire engine from Bacup in Lancashire and would urge everyone to check their smoke alarm.
"If need be you can book a Home Safety Check with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service where we will come to your house and talk through fire safety and may involve us fitting smoke alarms.
"Also it's a good idea to keep an eye on washing machines and driers and preferably don't leave them on when you're not at home."
The fire severely damaged the drier in the kitchen with smoke logging to the rest of the house.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "This incident again shows how working smoke alarms positioned correctly really can make a difference.
"They raise the alarm giving people valuable time to escape from their homes meaning firefighters can get their sooner, limiting the damage fire can do.
"Please check your smoke alarms and have an escape route planned that all the members of your household are aware of."
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