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Safety plea after Wigan home is devastated by fire

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 05 June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are urging people not to leave electrical appliances on overnight and ensure they have working some alarms after a kitchen was completely gutted by fire.

An electrical fault on a dishwasher that had been left switched on caused a fire to rip through the kitchen of a house in Churton Grove, Standish, at 2.15am on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The house had no smoke alarms and it was only when the people living at the house - who were asleep at the time - heard a loud bang that they were alerted to the blaze.

Two crews from Wigan were sent to the scene and firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reels and fans to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading beyond the kitchen.

The rest of the house was heavily smoke-logged and the kitchen was completely destroyed.

Watch Manager Gareth Gray said: "The occupants were very lucky because there were no smoke alarms in the house and it was filled with thick black smoke.

"Luckily they managed to escape and were outside the house when we arrived.

"I would urge people not to leave electrical appliances switched on when you are in bed or going out - people sometimes think that because they are filled with water they can't catch fire, but they do - so you need to keep an eye on them."

The British Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Service was sent to the scene to offer support to the residents as the house was left inhabitable by the fire.

Councillor David Action, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of this fire but the residents involved now have to face the ordeal of repairing their devastated home.

"When you are busy it's easy to try and save time but putting on washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers at night or when you're out - but I would urge people to only do this when they are at home.

"This incident just goes to show the importance of having working smoke alarms and I can't reiterate enough that they really do save lives."

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:33
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