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Incident Date: 02 April 2014
A MAN is in a serious condition after being rescued by firefighters following a fire in his home this morning, Wednesday April 2.
Firefighters from Blackley and Manchester Central Fire Stations were called to the property on Belthorne Avenue at 8.06am.
Crews were met with a very intense fire on the ground floor of the house and four firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property.
Group Manager Andy Heywood said: "The firefighters carried out a fantastic rescue in extremely difficult conditions.
"Two firefighters searched the ground floor of the property and two went upstairs. The team searching upstairs found a man, believed to be in his fifties, unconscious in a bedroom.
"The fire was so intense that the man would have died if the firefighters had tried to take him back downstairs, so they decided to smash a bedroom window and pass the man out to waiting firefighters on a ladder.
"Their quick decision making and brave actions may have saved this man's life."
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Trauma Technician treated the man at the scene before he was taken to North Manchester General Hospital by paramedics.
GMFRS fire investigation officers are carrying out a joint investigation with Greater Manchester Police to establish the cause of the fire.