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Incident Date: 04 May 2018
FIREFIGHTERS are warning of the dangers of leaving barbecues unattended ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday after three crews from Irlam and Eccles were called to a barbecue fire in Irlam which had spread to the first floor and roof of the property.
It’s believed the charcoal barbecue which was in the garden had been lit earlier in the day but residents assumed that the fire was out.
The fire set light to nearby materials including a plastic gazebo and a sofa which then spread to the UPVC french doors at the rear of the property and a plastic fascia. The flames quickly spread externally up to the first floor UPVC window – melting the frame and entering the inside of the house, spreading to the loft space.
Crews received the call just after midnight and six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using three hose reels in Avocet Drive, Irlam. Three people were self-rescued on arrival, however they had tried to tackle the fire from inside the property with buckets of water.
Head of Prevention, Area Manager Paul Etches said: “This incident is a timely reminder to warn people about the dangers of leaving barbecues unattended, especially as the weather starts to pick up.
“Fortunately nobody was hurt at this incident, but it demonstrates just how quickly fire can spread and the damage it can cause, and I urge people to take care if they plan on having a barbecue this weekend.
“Please do not leave your barbecue unattended and always ensure that it is fully out when you are finished with it. Keep your barbecue away from flammable materials to avoid it catching fire and always keep a bucket of water nearby in case of any accidents.
“Residents at the property tried to tackle this fire themselves and I would urge people to never do this. If you discover a fire at your home – get out, stay out and call 999.”
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