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PRESS RELEASE – TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CANDLE FIRE IN HYDE
TWO people have been taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde.
A man and woman were taken to hospital suffering from some inhalation – the man also had burns to his hands. A further man suffered smoke inhalation but declined hospital treatment.
Firefighters are using the incident as a warning to others about the dangers of candles and the importance of smoke alarms.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Whether using candles for light or decoration, it’s really important that you ensure the flame is fully out before you go to bed or leave the house.
“Luckily nobody was too seriously injured but two people have been taken to hospital just days before Christmas – and the consequences could have been far worse.
“Make sure candles are standing up straight and are firmly fixed in proper holders so they can't fall over and always place candles on a heat-resistant surface.
“Having a smoke alarm will give you an early warning to a fire and allow you precious time to escape.”
Crew from Stalybridge and Gorton were called to Harbour Farm Road shortly after 1am this morning (Thursday, December 18, 2014).
When they arrived, firefighters were faced with a fire involving candles and a display cabinet inside a ground-floor flat.
Watch Manager Kevin Eckersley, from Stalybridge Fire Station, said: “The fire had been burning for some time and the whole flat was smoke-logged – you could feel the heat inside.
“There was one man from the flat concerned who suffered slight burns to his hands – he also suffered smoke inhalation and a woman in a flat above also breathed in some smoke.
“He was quite lucky really because the smoke alarm did its job and woke him up.”
Crew in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to fight the fire. They gave oxygen therapy to the casualties and treated the man’s burns at the scene.
For further advice on how to keep yourself and your family safe at home this Christmas, visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx