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Hundreds of families receive life-saving visits following fire in Withington

FOLLOWING the tragic fire in Withington last week which claimed the lives of a man and a woman, staff members and volunteers from the fire service returned to the area over the weekend carrying out life-saving reassurance work.

The fire broke out in the early hours of on Friday (February 10, 2017), and left a man and four children – three girls and a boy, aged between 10 and 17 – in hospital.

Four fire engines went to the address and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using hose reels.

Investigations into the cause of the blaze began on Friday and continued over the weekend, when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) community safety teams were present around the Parsonage Road area offering reassurance to members of the local community.

Community Safety Manager for Manchester borough, Clare Platt, said: “Post-incident activity following the recent fire in Withington has so far seen GMFRS visit 257 homes, with more than 60 Safe and Well visits already carried out in people’s homes.”

This figure is likely to increase with local firefighters set to return to Parsonage Road to continue reassurance work on Wednesday, February 15.

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family members of the man and woman who sadly lost their lives in the fire on Friday morning.

“Our firefighters did a great job in tackling the house fire, and it is fantastic that our community safety teams carried on that great work over the weekend, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of people in the area."

Fire investigators have been working with the police since Friday to establish the cause of the blaze, which is yet to be confirmed.

For more information about GMFRS’ Safe and Well visits please go to: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk or call 0800 555 215.

 

Last update: 13/02/2017 16:36:09
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