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Incident Date: 15 October 2014
FIRE crew have rescued and treated a bearded dragon lizard following a house fire in Chorley Old Road.
Firefighters from Bolton Central and Farnworth fire stations were called out shortly before 11am on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, after receiving reports of a fire involving the kitchen of a terraced house.
When firefighters arrived a woman was outside with her two husky dogs who told them that her pet lizard was inside.
Watch Manager Tony McKenna, from Bolton Central, said: “Crew wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to put out the fire in the kitchen – which we believe started behind the fridge-freezer due to an electrical fault.
“The fire caused a lot of damage to the kitchen and we want to remind people about keeping an eye on and maintaining electrical items and plugs.”
Firefighters found the lizard in its tank and took it out to the fire engine where they treated it with oxygen therapy.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Please can we remind people about taking extra care when it comes to their electrical items and not leaving them plugged in too long and making sure that wires, plugs and chargers and in good working order.
"Also, working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time if you have a fire at home - why not call us today to book a free Home Safety Check - 0800 555815."
For information about keeping your electrical items safe visit: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/electrical_equipment.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555815 or visit: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/smoke_alarms.aspx
Photo of Firefighter Jason Snowden from Farnworth Fire Station with the lizard