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Incident Date: 28 October 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Manchester Borough have rescued a man after a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning.
North West Fire Control received an emergency call soon after 1am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, to reports of a fire involving a first-floor flat where a man was inside.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) crew, made up from Philips Park and Manchester Central firefighters, went to the incident on Averill Street in the Newton Heath area of Manchester.
Station Manager Mick Rothwell was in charge of the incident. He said: “Firefighters arrived at the flat to discover a well-developed fire.
“Wearing breathing apparatus four crew members quickly gained entry to the property and found a man in the living room.
“Firefighters took the unconscious man outside where a GMFRS trauma technician gave him oxygen before handing over to paramedics, who took him to hospital.
“Crew then tackled the fire using hose reels and they all did a fantastic job in dealing with the fire and the casualty.”
There was a smoke alarm in the property but it was not working.
Chair 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 smoke alarm - and test it once a week to make sure it works. "
To book a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms, please call 0800 555 815. For further fire safety advice, visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
GMFRS carried out an investigation following the fire and the mostly likely cause is cooking left unattended.