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House fire in Horwich

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 26 March 2018

11.40pm update

A fire which part-destroyed the roof of a semi-detached home in Horwich has been extinguished and the building is being made safe by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service firefighters.

The cause of the blaze, on Sandringham Road, is believed to be electrical and though the fire occurred in the roof space of the house crews were extremely effective in containing any spread.

Andy Hardman, Station Manager at Bolton Community Fire Station, said: “I want to praise the quick and intelligent actions of crews from five fire stations across Greater Manchester, who upon arrival were able to prevent significant damage to the adjoining property.

“GMFRS established control of the fire within 35 minutes of the first engine on the scene. Thereafter it has become a delicate operation to make the partially collapsed roof safe and we are utilising a Hydraulic Platform with a member of crew entering the roof space using a harness.”

Sandringham Road has reopened and crews anticipate remaining on the scene in a reduced form into the night.

Horwich house fire


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a fire involving the roof of a semi-detached house on Sandringham Road in Horwich.

Five fire engines from Horwich, Bolton, Bolton North, Farnworth and Stretford fire stations, and a Hydraulic Platform also from Stretford, were called to the scene at 9.21pm.

Upon arrival the occupants of the affected property had exited of their own accord while the roof space of the three-storey house was well alight. Crews used four breathing apparatus, two hoses and a jet to battle the blaze.

Station Manager Andy Hardman said: “The house is a semi-detached property and though some of the roof has collapsed GMFRS firefighters have worked extremely hard to minimise fire spread and successfully prevent the neighbouring home from sustaining damage.

“We remain at the scene, have removed loose tiles, are making the roof safe and are using our hydraulic platform and one hose to continue to dampen the affected area.”

Sandringham Road is currently closed while GMFRS continue to operate, and local residents are encouraged to keep windows shut to prevent smoke from entering homes.


Last update: 27/03/2018 08:26:06
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