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Incident Date: 27 February 2015
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a plea to take care with chip pans after a 66-year-old woman was left in hospital with burns last night following a fire in Oldham.
A crew from Oldham Fire Station were called at around 7pm last night, Thursday February 26, after reports of a fire in a semi-detached house on Saffron Drive.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze and a fan to clear smoke from the property.
A 66-year-old woman was treated for burns and taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital and a 38-year-old man was given oxygen for smoke inhalation by a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Trauma Technician.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “These people were incredibly lucky because they did not have any smoke alarms in their property.
“Chip pans are very dangerous and should never be left unattended. A thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer or ovens are much safer ways of cooking chips.
“If you have a chip pan at home think very seriously about chucking it in the bin and using a safer method to cook your favourite snack in the future.”
To book a free Home Safety Check please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk