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Incident Date: 27 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a plea to revellers asking them to get a kebab after a night out instead of trying to cook following a chip pan fire which devastated a home in Heywood.
Crews from Heywood and Rochdale were called to a terraced house on Melton Close at 12.39am on Saturday, September 27.
Six firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the blaze, which had spread on to the first floor of the home.
Two men and one woman managed to escape the house before firefighters arrived.
They were all taken to North Manchester General Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation - their condition is not thought to be serious.
Station Manager Ian Tracey, who was in charge of the incident, said: "A guy who lives in the house has come home after a night out and started to cook chips in a chip pan.
"He's left the pan of food unattended and a fire has gutted the kitchen and the back bedroom of the property.
"At one point we thought the fire had spread through the roof space and in to neighbouring properties, but thankfully it was only smoke.
"The crews did a great job to get the fire under control and stop it from spreading to other homes. They will be in the area today offering residents Home Safety Checks.
"If anyone is thinking coming home and cooking after a night out don't do it. Get yourself a kebab or some chips from a takeaway - it could save your life."
To find tips that could keep you safe in the kitchen please visit:http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/safety_in_kitchen.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, which may include the fitting of smoke alarms, please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visithttp://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx