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Incident Date: 08 March 2015
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have rescued a man from a first-floor flat fire in Gorton.
Crew from Gorton and Philips Park fire stations were sent to Belle Vue Street at 3.21am on Sunday, March 8, 2015, after an emergency call was received at North West Fire Control reporting a fire at the block of flats.
Station Manager Phil Nelson, who was in charge of the incident, said: “Crew did an excellent job rescuing the man and tackling the fire that involved a first-floor flat and its roof.
“Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters entered the flat and carried the man outside, where they performed CPR and used a defibrillator on him until North West Ambulance Service arrived.
“The intense blaze was extinguished using hose reels, a jet and also the Aerial Appliance that allowed water to be put on the fire from above.”
The man, whose age is unknown, was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition.
A joint investigation between GMFRS and Greater Manchester Police has been launched to establish the cause of the fire.
The family from the flat beneath the one involved in fire was evacuated as a result of the incident and were helped out by the Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS).
You can find out more about FESS here: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/community_work/the-red-cross/