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Elderly woman trapped in her home in Bury rescued by firefighters

Borough: Bury

Incident Date: 28 January 2015

FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to ensure they have an escape plan after rescuing a woman from a fire when she became trapped in her home.

North West Fire Control (NWFC) received the call at 6.36pm this evening (Wednesday, January 28, 2015). The 84-year-old lady informed the operator that there was a fire in the kitchen in her bungalow on Bolton Road, Bury, but she couldn’t find her keys to escape the property.  

Crew from Whitefield and Bury, wearing breathing apparatus, broke in to the property and rescued the woman.  Watch Manager John Vangeffen said: “This lady was lucky, everyone should have an escape plan, including knowing where their keys are to be able to quickly leave their home in an emergency. 

“She was very calm and did everything else right. She closed the kitchen and lounge doors and calmly phoned 999 and was able to give clear information to the control operator who then directed us to exactly where she was in the property and we were able to quickly rescue her and deal with the fire.”  

Firefighters used a hose reel, thermal imaging camera and a positive ventilation fan to deal with the incident and conducted a home safety check. 

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:38
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