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Smoking materials cause two fires over weekend

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 26 July 2015

FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are reminding people of the dangers of smoking after two incidents over the weekend. 

An emergency call was made at 3.21am on Sunday, July 26, 2015, to report a fire in a first-floor flat on Hyde Road, Manchester. 

Three fire engines were mobilised to deal with the incident where a 48-year-old man was led to safety by firefighters. 

Watch Manager Ken Booth from Gorton Fire Station said: “There wasn’t any working smoke alarms in the property so the occupant was lucky that his neighbours became aware of the fire and we were called. 

“The 48-year-old man had been sleeping in the living room and we led him to safety where he was assessed by ambulance workers.

“Crew wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the fire, that most likely started when a cigarette wasn’t put out properly or when the man fell asleep.” 

On Saturday, July 25, at 11.12am five fire engines were mobilised to Newlyn Street in Manchester after an out-building set alight. 

The building was at the back of a terraced property and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled it using hose reels.

The fire completely damaged the out-house and a small amount of the house and the most likely cause is smoking materials. 

For advice on how to stay safe at home please visit GMFRS’ website -


Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:42
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