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Incident Date: 27 June 2017
FIREFIGHTERS are reminding people of the importance of working smoke alarms following a house fire in which two cats were rescued and a family had a lucky escape.
At 1.10pm yesterday (Tuesday, June 27), crews from Oldham, Chadderton and Hollins fire stations were called to Copster Hill Road in Oldham where they were faced with a fire involving a first floor bedroom in a mid-terraced property.
When crews arrived, the room was well alight and smoke could be seen coming out of the bedroom window and back of the house.
Firefighters broke down the door to gain entry before using four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to extinguish the fire.
It is believed that the fire broke out after a vacuum cleaner overheated.
Firefighter Lee Burns, from Chadderton Fire Station, said: “One of the cats was only a kitten and the owner was absolutely delighted that we managed to save them.
“The most probable cause of the fire was the vacuum cleaner overheating as it was completely melted.
“It was a narrow escape really because there were no working smoke alarms in the house but thankfully the occupier spotted the fire quickly and managed to get out.
“I would urge everyone to take care with electrical appliances and ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes to give them the best possible chance of escape in the event of a fire.”
The bedroom was severely damaged by the fire but firefighters managed to contain it to the bedroom and prevented it spreading and causing further damage.