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Incident Date: 30 October 2014
FIREFIGHTERS are reminding people of the dangers of smoking after an elderly couple were taken to hospital following a fire at their home in Cheadle.
An emergency call was made at 1.13am on Thursday, October 30, 2014, to report a fire in a semi-detached house on Stonepail Close.
When firefighters arrived they found an elderly couple who had made their way outside the house after discovering the fire.
Group Manager Ian Bailey said: “The couple managed to make their way outside after noticing the fire and are very lucky as the bedroom where the fire started is badly damaged.
“Crew wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the fire, that most likely started when a cigarette wasn’t put out properly.”
The safety warning comes just hours before a four-day national firefighter strike is due to start.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “This weekend, the run up to bonfire night, is undoubtedly one of our busiest times. I would remind people to take extra care and stay safe at home, in work and on the roads.
“If you would like some practical advice on this you can find lots of safety tips on our website www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.
“The strike will affect everyone and while our contingency plans remain in place it should be remembered that there will be less fire engines on our streets operated by people that are not as highly trained or experienced as our normal crew.”