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Electrical fault believed to be cause of Ashton-under-Lyne house fire

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 12 November 2016

FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have prevented a fire in Ashton-under-Lyne spreading to adjacent houses.

At 11.22am this morning (Saturday, November 12, 2016) North West Fire Control received reports of a fire involving the first floor and loft of a mid-terraced house in Leam Street.

Four fire engines, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, Mossley and Hollins, went to the address where crew members dealt with the blaze.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the fire, which is thought to have started by an electrical fault.

GMFRS Station Manager Paul Redford, who was in charge of the incident at its height, said: “The firefighters who attended the incident did a great job in bringing the blaze under control and preventing it from spreading. It could have quite easily have travelled to neighbouring houses.

“The house was empty at the time of the fire and our investigations indicate the most likely cause of the fire to be an electrical fault.”

Firefighters were on the scene for around five hours and 25 minutes.

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Last update: 12/11/2016 18:07:50
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