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Incident Date: 28 September 2016
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) is reminding people to take care with candles after a fire broke out in a house in Swinton.
Three fire engines were called to Henniker Street on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 10.04am after reports were made to North West Fire Control that there was a fire in a house.
GMFRS Watch Manager David Minto, from Eccles Community Fire Station, said: “Luckily the house had a working smoke alarm, which alerted a teenage girl who was sleeping upstairs to the fire. Without that warning this incident could have been much worse.
“We believe a lit candle in a holder on the windowsill ignited net curtains and a lampshade in the living room.
“Please can we remind people to take care when using candles at home and not place them underneath anything that could catch fire and also ensure they are in suitable holders.”
The girl and two dogs were outside of the property when firefighters were out of the house when firefighters arrived.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Having a working smoke alarm gives you an early warning to a fire in your home.
“We encourage everyone to ensure their home has a working smoke alarm on every floor - and test them once a week to make sure they work."
Crew wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the fire, which started accidentally by a lit candle.
For further fire safety advice, including how to use candles safely at home, please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Safe and Well visit, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.