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Incident Date: 28 February 2015
FIREFIGHTERS rescued a man from a flat fire in Oldham after he fell asleep with a pan of food on a cooker.
The smoke alarms in the flat had been knocked off the ceiling and it was only when a neighbour spelt smoke that the fire service was alerted.
Crew from Chadderton and Oldham were called to the ground floor flat in Salts Street, Shaw, at 12.15am on Saturday, February 28.
They broke through the front door to get in and crew in breathing apparatus led the man to safety.
They used a hose reel and tactical ventilation fan to bring the fire under control and clear the smoke.
Crew Manager Gary Park, from Oldham Fire Station, said: “The man had put a pan of food on the cooker then fallen asleep. A neighbour later came home from work, smelt the smoke and called the fire service.
“The flat was very smoke-logged and the man had breathed in a bit of smoke so we gave him oxygen but he declined hospital treatment.
“There were smoke alarms in the flat but unfortunately they had been knocked off the ceiling so they weren’t working. Before we left, we carried out a Home Safety Check and fitted new smoke alarms.”
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Thankfully there were no major injuries as a result of this fire, but I would urge everyone to ensure their smoke alarms are working – they could save your life one day.
“If you don’t have a smoke alarm, please call us on 0800 555 815 to book a free Home Safety Check.”
For further information about staying safe at home, please visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website here: http://10.53.16.17/netviewer