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Safety campaign launched after elderly woman dies in flat fire

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 11 November 2014

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be carrying out a safety campaign in Newton Heath, Manchester, after an elderly woman died following a flat fire.

Firefighters were called to Duncan Edwards Court in Eddie Colman Close at 9.42am on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, after an automatic fire alarm.

Crew in breathing apparatus used breaking in gear to get into the building and discovered there had been a fire in the bedroom of one of the flats.

The flat was heavily smoke-logged and the bedroom was badly damaged.

Sadly an 88-year-old woman was discovered and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Early indications suggest there were no suspicious circumstances and a multi-agency investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 12, 2014) Community Safety Advisers from Manchester will be visiting Eddie Colman Close to carry out a safety campaign.

Staff will be visiting homes in and around the area offering advice and reassurance, making sure people have working smoke alarms and offering free Home Safety Checks.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Firstly I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the woman at this sad time.

“Our crews attended the flat following an automatic fire alarm and when they arrived the fire was out and the woman had sadly already passed away.

“Community safety teams will be in the area on Wednesday to provide reassurance and there will be lots of advice and information available – if you see our staff please go and talk to them.

“I would also like to encourage everyone to make sure you have working smoke alarms and check them regularly and ensure you know how to protect yourselves from fire in your home.” 

For information and advice on home fire safety, visit the GMFRS website here:

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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