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Incident Date: 27 June 2014
NEIGHBOURS in Little Hulton have this morning saved a family of three after a house fire on Dovecote Lane broke out.
Firefighters from Farnworth and Atherton were called to the end terraced property at around 1.10am on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Crew Manager Michael O'Neill, from Farnworth Fire Station, said: "When we arrived at the house quick-thinking neighbours had already rescued the family after hearing the 19-year-old daughter screaming for help.
"One neighbour smashed through the front door to get the woman out of the house while other neighbours climbed up a ladder to the bedroom window to allow the man and daughter to escape.
"All three were treated with oxygen by us before being taken to hospital.
"If it wasn't for the actions of the neighbours this incident could have turned out much worse."
The fire is thought to have started when the 49-year-old woman fell asleep downstairs while smoking.
The whole of the house has been damaged by the fire that firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled using jets.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "This incident shows just how easy a fire can happen.
"We cannot stress enough just how dangerous it can be to smoke while feeling tired or if you have had a drink. It seems that this family have been lucky but things could have turned out differently if it wasn't for the actions of their neighbours.
"Please check your smoke alarms and have an escape route planned that all the members of your household are aware of."
For information about smoking go to: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety.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