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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is warning the public to keep an eye on their bins following a blaze which damaged two houses in Rochdale.
Firefighters were called to an address on Leander Drive at 1.30am on Friday, February 26, after a fire spread from bins to the roof of two semi-detached houses.
The residents were found safely and firefighters spent five-and-a-half hours at the scene using three hoses, six breathing kits, a high pressure ‘lance’ and a nine-metre ladder, which helped in removing roof tiles to enable crew to get to the fire.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will work with their colleagues at Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in investigating how the fire started.
Councillor David Acton, chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Bin fires are a danger to you - they can spread, endangering people and property. It is important to keep the bins out of sight of opportunists who may target them.
“We advise people to only put the bin out when it is due for collection and to not overfill your wheelie bin, or leave loose rubbish around it. Bins should not be stored under covered areas attached to the house, for example porches. Store your bin away from the property, away from windows and doors and, if possible, safely secured.”
A GMP spokesperson said: “At around 1.35am, police were called to an address on Leander Drive, Rochdale, following reports from GMFRS of a deliberate ignition. Officers attended and have launched an arson investigation. No arrests have yet been made.”
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