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Incident Date: 29 September 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to check on their elderly neighbours and relatives ahead of Older People’s Day after a couple escaped a fire caused by a cigarette.
A woman in her 80s was taken to hospital as a precaution following the incident on Lorraine Road in Timperley, Altrincham, at 11.38pm last night (Tuesday, September 29).
Sadly a dog died in the fire but a man, also in his 80s, managed to escape unharmed.
Crew Manager Robert Macauley, from Altrincham Fire Station said: “The fire had been caused by a cigarette in a rubbish bin in the living room.
“The smoke had spread throughout the room but fortunately the door had been closed before the couple went to bed, which limited the damage to the living room.
“The couple were in bed when the smoke alarm sounded and woke the man who went downstairs to investigate. He discovered the fire, went to get his wife from upstairs and they got out of the house.”
Firefighters from Altrincham, Wythenshawe and Sale extinguished the fire using hose reels and rescued the dog, but sadly it died shortly afterwards.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Tomorrow is National Older People’s Day and I am urging everyone to check on an elderly neighbour or relative to make sure they are safe and well in their home.
“Staff from across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be attending various events to spread safety advice this week but you can help us by spending a few minutes with an older person and testing their smoke alarm.
“This couple managed to escape unhurt thanks to a working smoke alarm and closing the internal doors but smoking remains the biggest cause of fatal house fires in the UK so please take extra care if smoking at home and ensure cigarettes are fully stubbed out.
“If you would like advice on how to stay safe and well at home you can call us on 0800 555 815 or visit our website manchesterfire.gov.uk where there’s lots of safety information.”
For further information on how GMFRS is celebrating Older People’s Day and a full list of events, please visit http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/news/gmfrs_supports_older_people-s_day/