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Firefighters urge people not to cook while under the influence of alcohol

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 13 March 2018

FIREFIGHTERS are warning people of the dangers of cooking while under the influence of alcohol and leaving cooking unattended after one woman was rescued from a flat fire in Manchester.

In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 13, three fire engines from Withington, Philips Park and Manchester Central were called to flat in Brighton Grove, Manchester to a persons reported incident.

On arrival, crews rescued one young woman from the smoke-logged flat who is believed to have fallen asleep after leaving a pan of food unattended on an electric cooker while under the influence of alcohol.   

Station Manager of Withington community fire station, Ian Redfern praised the crews for their hard work in rescuing the casualty this morning. He said “Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the property and rescued the woman who had fallen asleep on the sofa.  Using one hose reel they extinguished the flames and cleared the smoke from the flat using a positive pressure ventilation fan.

“Crews did an excellent job of quickly responding to this incident and rescuing the casualty from the flat. The fire was contained to the pan of food and there was minimal damage in the property.

“We would like to remind everyone to avoid cooking food while under the influence of alcohol, and to never leave cooking unattended.”

The cause of the fire was accidental and crews will be returning to the scene later today to carry out reassurance work the local community.

Most house fires Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service staff members are alerted to start in the kitchen so please help us to keep you and your family by reading this safety advice here.  

Last update: 13/03/2018 09:43:07
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