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Incident Date: 29 January 2015
AROUND 80 residents from a block of flats in Blackley were evacuated after a flood caused a fire.
North West Fire Control (NWFC) took the call at 2.44am this morning, (Thursday, January 29, 2015) and deployed four pumps from Blackley, Philips Park, Chadderton and Hollins to Clifford Lamb Court on Hillingdon Drive, Blackley.
Station Manager Jon Crawley said: “A leak of around 2000 litres of water from the heating system for the building caused a small electric fire. Crews used dry powder to put out the fire, but damage was already caused to the electrical system which meant it was necessary to shut off all power for it to be repaired.
“After firefighters had dealt with the fire, we worked with the local authority incident coordinator and Northwards Housing to evacuate the whole premises.
“Our newly formed Community Risk Intervention Team also played a key role, with firefighters, the local authority and the housing provider, during the evacuation, assisting a number of residents with mobility problems to leave their homes and then transporting them to the Eric Hobin Centre at Whitebeck Court, Blackley, where they could be cared for. The ease with which these teams could be called upon outside of normal working hours made them an ideal resource to use to minimise the risk and inconvenience to the affected residents.
The Community Risk Intervention Team (CRIT) is led by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service GMFRS) but working in partnership with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and local authorities. Its aim is to build on the successful prevention work carried out over the last 10 years by GMFRS by providing specific home safety advice to those identified as being at higher risk from fire, falls, burns, crime and poor health, and fitting equipment to reduce that risk. But as in this instance, CRIT is available to provide support to its community where needed. This preventative approach will help to reduce demand for all three emergency services and adult local authority social care services.
Electricity North West is working to repair the damage and residents will be kept informed about how long it will be until they can return to their homes.