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Firefighters urge people to check smoke alarms after chip pan fire in Atherton

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 08 March 2016

FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to test their smoke alarms after one alerted a man and woman to a chip pan fire in Atherton.

Crews from Hindley, Atherton and Leigh were called to an apartment block on Water Street in Atherton just after 6am on Tuesday, March 8.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used one hosereel to tackle the fire in the kitchen.

A 22 year old woman and 28 year old man had fallen asleep and were alerted by their smoke alarm after a chip pan on an electric cooker caught fire. The couple were given oxygen for smoke inhalation and left in the care of the ambulance service.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton said: “It is very dangerous to leave any cooking food unattended, especially on an electric cooker as it is not always clear if the hob is on or off.

“The kitchen in this home has suffered really bad fire and smoke damage, but this couple are very lucky they had a working smoke alarm.

“Chip pans are incredibly dangerous and frequently cause devastating fires across Greater Manchester. We would urge anyone who still uses one to replace it with a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer or use oven chips instead.”

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:22
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