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Incident Date: 31 January 2015
A WOMAN is fighting for her life in hospital following a fire in her Oldham home.
The 23-year-old was carried out of the house unconscious by firefighters who were called to the incident, in Albert Mount, by a passer-by at around 10.40am.
The caller told North West Fire Control there was a fire in a house and they could hear a baby crying inside.
Crew from Oldham and Chadderton rushed to the scene and immediately sent a team inside, wearing breathing apparatus, to search for anyone trapped.
Station Manager Angus Robinson said: "A man had run into the house before firefighters arrived and managed to get the two-year-old out safely. He was very brave and did a good job. If it hadn't been for his actions, it could have been more serious.
"But there was a woman still trapped inside. Firefighters quickly found her and carried her out unconscious, into the care of paramedics.
"It was actually quite a small fire but there was quite a bit of smoke damage and the woman inhaled the smoke."
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
A smoke alarm provides a valuable early warning to a fire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service fits over 60,000 smoke alarms every year during free Home Safety Checks.
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 regularly to make sure it works."
For further fire safety advice, visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815.