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Incident Date: 19 March 2018
FIREFIGHTERS have issued a safety warning about the use of electrical cables after Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) spend almost four hours tackling a blaze in a domestic garage.
Crews from Philips Park, Manchester Central and Ashton fire stations were called to reports of a fire at a house on Ansell Close in Gorton at 4.55am on Saturday, March 17.
On attendance a garage adjoining a semi-detached house was well alight and firefighters used two hoses and four breathing apparatus to extinguish the flames.
After the fire had been extinguished, GMFRS conducted thermal checks using specialist equipment on the garage which was being used for storage.
Crews discovered a hole in the wall where an electric cable had been run from the house to access the mains electricity supply.
Thermal checks identified heat from a cable which had become faulty and which was also sparking. The hole into the garage itself had been packed with insulation and firefighters had to enlarge it to expose the heat source after first isolating the electrical supply.
Only after crews were able to significantly reduce the temperature of the cable and its immediate surrounding area were GMFRS able to leave the scene.
Paul Etches, Head of Prevention at GMFRS, said: “Fires in the home can be caused by faulty electrical appliances, while plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can also be a real danger.
“Just because there's no flame doesn't mean there's no fire risk. If there is an electrical fire we advise you pull out the plug or switch off the power at the fuse box, but only if it is safe to do so. On occasion this immediately succeeds in stopping the fire.
“And never, ever use water on an electrical fire. Do not take any risks with your safety – if there are flames get out, stay out and immediately call us on 999.”
Find out what to check for to ensure your appliances don't put you or your family or housemates at risk from fire.
The risks with cables and leads include:
Plugs, sockets and cables also need to be used correctly, you should:
Further fire safety advice can be viewed on the GMFRS website.