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Fire caused by candle on TV leaves man homeless days before Christmas

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 29 March 2017

A MAN has been left homeless just days before Christmas after a fire caused by a candle placed on top of a TV.

It’s the latest in a series of candle-related fires in Greater Manchester over the past few weeks.

The man was asleep in the bedroom of his Bolton flat when he was woken by his smoke alarm in the early hours of this morning (Friday, December 19, 2014).

Firefighters from Bolton Central and Bolton North were called to the third-floor flat in Haydock Street just before 5am.

The 44-year-old man had managed to get out of the building before firefighters arrived. He was suffering slight effects of smoke inhalation but wasn’t seriously injured.

Watch Manager Karsten Boyle said: “The man had been celebrating his birthday and had placed a tea-light candle on top of the TV and then fallen asleep.

“The candle melted and burned through TV and set fire to the curtains.

“Luckily the man was woken by a smoke alarm and managed to escape but the fire caused considerable damage to the bedroom and the man will have to be rehomed.”

Crew in breathing apparatus went into the three-storey building and tackled the fire on the top floor using a hose reel, a positive pressure fan and a thermal imaging camera.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “This man is so lucky that he had a working smoke alarm that woke home from his sleep and potentially saved his life. This could have been a far more devastating incident.

“There have been a number of fires caused by candles over the past couple of weeks and it’s a miracle that nobody has been more seriously injured.

“Can I remind people again never to put candles on top of a TV or bathtub and to ensure they are fully extinguished before going to bed.

“We want people to have a happy Christmas and at this time of year lots of people are using candles – but please ensure it’s a Christmas to remember for the right reasons by taking extra care with candles and ensuring you have a working smoke alarm.”

On Thursday (December 18), two people were taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde.

In the early hours of last Thursday (December 11), two people were left homeless after a candle fire in Moss Side which destroyed the roof of two terraced properties.

On the morning of Sunday, December 7, three people suffered smoke inhalation after a candle fire in Shaw.

A flat was damaged in Manchester after a candle was left on top of a TV on Tuesday, November 25.

There’s further information and advice about candle safety on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website here: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/candle_safety/

Notes to Editors

Below are links to previous releases on our website about the incidents mentioned above.

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/news/18december2014_hyde_candle_fire/

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/incidents/11dec2014_candle_fire_leaves_two_families_homeless/

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/incidents/7dec2014_candle_fire_shaw/

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/incidents/25november2014_high_rise_fire_birch_court/

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:30
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