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Incident Date: 23 August 2015
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are reminding people of the dangers of smoking after a man was taken to hospital following a fire in Farnworth.
An emergency call was made at 8.39pm on Sunday, August 23, 2015, to report a fire in a semi-detached house on Daffodil Road.
When firefighters arrived at the address a 25-year-old man, who had been woken by a smoke alarm in the house, was outside after neighbours helped him down from the porch.
Watch Manager Paul Harrison from Farnworth Fire Station said: “When we arrived at the house a man was outside and we believe he was sleeping when the fire broke out and on hearing a smoke alarm sounding he climbed out of the bedroom window. Neighbours had helped him down to safety from the porch and he was taken care of by NWAS.
“The most likely cause of the fire, that was really intense and damaged the bedroom at the front of the house, is accidental by smoking materials and we would advise that people take care when smoking to avoid having a fire too.
“The man was lucky and if he hadn’t been woken by the smoke alarm things could have been much worse.”
The man was the only person in the house at the time of the fire and he was taken to hospital by NWAS for a precautionary check.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using hosereels and also used a fan to remove smoke from the house.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Thankfully the man involved wasn’t seriously hurt and the fire only caused damage to the room involved thanks to the quick actions of our firefighters from Farnworth and Bolton Central.
“Carelessly discarded smoking materials are still a major cause of fires in the home. Always stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully, and don’t smoke if feeling drowsy or taking medication.
“This incident is also a great example of how a working smoke alarm can give you valuable seconds that you will need when a fire breaks out – call 0800 555 815 for free home safety advice from GMFRS today.”
For more information on this and for further safety advice visit the GMFRS website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety.aspx