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Incident Date: 28 July 2015
A SMOKE alarm fitted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) helped save the life of a 72-year-old man after a fire at his home in Salford.
Three fire engines from Agecroft and Salford fire stations were called to Crediton House, Devon Close, Eccles, shortly after 2am on Tuesday, July 28, after reports of a flat fire.
When crews arrived, a neighbour in another flat had been woken by the smoke alarm and gone into the burning property to rescue the elderly man who was asleep.
Using a shovel he found in the boiler room, the neighbour broke a window on the front door to get into the flat and, covering his face with a T-shirt, he rescued the man from the settee.
Unfortunately, the elderly man decided to go back into the flat in an attempt to put the fire out. Fire crew in breathing apparatus went in and led him out and extinguished a small fire in the oven.
Watch Manager Warren Dore, from Eccles Fire Station, said: “The fire involved food in an oven that had incinerated and caused a lot of thick smoke.
“The man was asleep and luckily a neighbour on another floor heard the smoke alarm, which highlights just how important it is to have a working smoke detector.
“I’ve no doubt that the smoke alarm, fitted by GMFRS some time ago, saved this man’s life.
“Crew will be returning to the area today to speak to residents about home safety and our volunteer Post Incident Team has been requested to help to clear-up the man’s flat.”
Paramedics arrived to give the elderly man specialist care and take him to hospital for a precautionary check-up.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our firefighters are specially trained and have breathing apparatus to help them deal with a fire so this man really did risk his life going into the flat.
“Smoke alarms really do save lives, as this incident shows, and I would urge everyone to make sure they have a smoke alarm they test regularly and please take care in the kitchen.”
For free home safety advice, call GMFRS in 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/